VALEDICTORY DINNER AT TE AWAMUTU.
An occasional correspondent sends us the following item of news :— Dr. Pairman and Mr R. W. Roche being about to leave the Waikato, were entertained at dinner at Mr Lewis' Hotel on Thursday, the 3rd ins!,., all the surrounding districts being well represented. Mr S. N. Westney waa chairman, and Mr Walton (chairman of the Town Board), vice-chair-man. An excellent dinner, which reflected great credit on Host' Lewis, was provided ; indeed the arrangements of the table could not have been better. The menu was as good as could be procured in the city, and the floral decorations, which were executed by Misses R. and L. Lewis, were much admired. After dinnor the Chairman—on whose right and left were seated Dr Pairman and Mr Roche, respectively—proposed the toast of "Her Majesty the Queen," which was duly honoured. Hβ then proposed "The Health of Dr. Pairman." In doing so the.. Chairman referred in complimentary term's to the doctor's skill hs a medical man, and touched on the good feeling which existed between him and his patients, and the unbounded confidence the latter felt when under his care. It was, he said, not only because of his skill as a physician that this kindly feeling, which was given expression to that evening by the good attendance, existed, but also because of his unremitting care in every case, and the kind interest he took in each patient, whether young or old, rich or poor. His patients were often indebted to him for many kindnesses outside of the ordinary attentions paid by a medical man to his patients. Socially he would be greatly miss3d, but much as he would be missed in that direction his departure would be felt still more from a medical stand point. He came a mongst us a perfect stranger nearly four years ago, and, in a short time, won the respect, confidence and esteem of all. Hβ was going to a more thickly populated district, where he would have_ a much wider scope in which to exercise his taleDts, and where, he was sure, he would soon make as many warm, personal friends as he had made here. As a lady's doctor he had especially won codSdence and admiration, and he (the chairman) knew that if ladies had been invited they would have come in such numbers that it would have taken a very large room .indeed to have held them. Mrs Pairman would also be much missed by her large ajrcleof friends. Hβ could only wish the doctor and family much happiness and prosperity in* their new sphere. Before calling upon the gentlemen present to drink to the toast,the Chairman read the- following address :—" Thomas Wyld Pairman, Esq., L.R.C.P.E.,L.R.C.S.E: Dear Sir,-Be-fore going to your appointment in the town of Lyttelton, we wish to express our sincere regret that circumstances have rendered your leaving us necessary. We also desire to acknowledge the skill and ability displayed by you as a medical practitioner, especially in accouchments, and your conscientious attention to your patients during the four years you have resided here. By your unassuming and gentlemanly manner and upright conduct as a man, you have won the respect and esteem of all. Rest assured that you have our best wishes for the future happiness and prosperity of yourself and family, and we sinserely hope that in your new home all your hopes and expectations may be realised.—We remain, dear sir, yours faithfully." Here follow a number of signatures).—The chairman then called on the company to drink the health of Dr. Pairman and family. The toast was received with every demonstration of enthusiasm, and drunk with musical honours. —Dr. Pairman, in responding to the toast, said that during his life he had never experienced greater pleasure than on that evening. It was particularly gratifying to a medical man to know that his services were appreciated by his pacients, and the public. Apart from the compliment paid
)im as a physician, he felt deeply the kind sxpressions of good will towards him as a private individual. If he was successful as i practitioner, he was much assisted thereto ay his patients themselves, for it was necesiary as an element of success that they ihould place themselves unreservedly in his lands, and faithfully obey his instructions. Che address just read he valued more highly ;han any other form of testimonial, for it ;ave more effective impression than any ither, to the confidence reposed in him as a nedical man. He regretted parting with o many kind friends, and though he might nake many new friends in the place to which he was going, he would always remember with the liveliest feelings of regard, the many friends he was leaving behind in this district. He '.hanked them sincerely on behalt of Mrs Pairman and himself, for the kind manner in which they had received the toast. The next toast was that of "The Health of Mr R. W. Roche," proposed by the vinechairman. Mr Walton in proposing it, said they were about to lose two gentlemen who were much esteemed. One was a comparatively new resident here, and though but a few years residing in Tβ Awamutu, had, as the chairman said, won their respect and esteem. The other, Mr Roche, had resided in the district for over twenty years, and during that time had proved himself entirely worthy of their respect and confidence. He had been many years on the staff of The Waikato Times, and during al! that time had displayed considerable abilities as a journalist, contributing many articles on social, agricultural, political and other topics. The thanks of the people of the district were due to him for the energetic and faithful manner in which he had upheld the interests of the place in the columns of the press. Polite and courteous to all with whom he came in contact, he was a favourite with all, especially the ladies. It was an excellent trait in a man's character to so conduct himself as to be a favourite with them, for it indicated a kind and chivalrous disposition. That was a characteristic of the Irish nation which Mr Roche shared with his countrymen. In matters of business he had won the confidence of all with whom he had had business relations, and in leaving the district he carried with him the eood wishes of his many friends, who sincerely hoped that in a wider field he would meet with the success he deserved and to which his abilities entitled him. A wide field of usefulness lay before him, and he felt sure that whereever his lot was cast he would make himself as much Jiked and respected as he had here. In conclusion, he would say that hearty as the good wishes of his friends were for his future welfare, should he or Dr. Pairman ever return to the district the welcome they would receive would be no less sincere. He would now call upon them to drink the health of Mr and Mrs Roche and family. The toast was drunk with musical honours.—Mr Roche, in replying, thanked the gentlemen present for their kind expressions of regret which their presence there that evening stamped as genuine. He had, as the vice-chairman said, been on the staff of Thfi Waikato Times for several years, and during that time had never willingly offended anyone. In writing wn public matters he of course differed with many people in his views, and may have given offence in that way, but he begged them to believe that it was unintentional. It was not the Province of the Press to offend but rather to smooth over differences and soften asperities, and while pursuing an independent course to do so in a manly and dignified way, arriving at justice and impartiality. He had endeavoured to bo impartial in all his reports and writings, and it was a matter of great satisfaction to him to know that though he had differed politically with many people his writings had not made for him a single enemy. Several of those, present were friends of recent date and he was glad to see by their presence that they tco entertained kindly feelings towards him. It was a compliment to be told one was a favourite with the fair sex, especially as the vicechairman had said, " one had to possess such qualities to be liked by them." It was charactistic of his countrymen to admire the ladies, and the Irishman who did not was a poor representative of his country indeed. It was also pleasant to know that if he returned he would find such a hearty welcome as Mr Walton had promised. Ho thanked them for Mrs Roche and himself for their warm and hearty receptions, of the toast. Several good songs were sung, and " Auld Lang Syne" brought a very pleasant evening to a close. Dr. Pairman left on Saturday and Mr Roche leaves in the course of a couple of weeks.
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