The new Governor of New Zealand, Lord Islington, at his
swearing-in ceremony, At left is the Prime Minister, Mr
William Massey, and in the centre, Sir Robert Stout. -
Otago Witness, 1.1.1913. Copies of picture available from
ODT front officer, lower Stuart St, or
A very enjoyable New Year's Day was spent by some 36
seamen, under the auspices of the Church of England Men's
Society Missions to Seamen.
The men, chiefly from the Shaw-Savill Co.'s S.S. Mamari,
gathered at the telegraph office at 10 a.m., when a start by
tram was made for Bethune's Gully, Normanby, where the
grounds were kindly lent for the occasion by the manager of
the Mount Cargill Timber Syndicate.
While the billy was being boiled for lunch a cricket match
was indulged in, and after lunch pipes and tobacco were
handed out. After a quiet smoke a small sports programme was
carried out, and prizes of tobacco, ditty bags, etc., were
presented to the winners. The party returned to town at 5
p.m., causing some interest by their singing and the display
of the mission's ''Flying Angel'' flag.
Tea was served out at the mission rooms at St. Matthew's
Schoolroom, a short service being conducted in the church
beforehand by the hon. chaplain, Canon Curzon-Siggers.
A short ''sing-song'' was held after tea, and then one of the
seamen, on behalf of the rest, thanked the workers for the
enjoyable outing, and three cheers were given for the
mission. Workers and seamen then went to Hayward's Pictures
for the evening, seats having been very kindly reserved for
all in the front of the house by the management. This was the
first picnic run by the Missions to Seamen here, following
the custom on holidays in other ports.
• The Palmerston Citizens Brass Band gave an open
air concert on Saturday evening to a large audience of the
townsfolk and country people. The music is evidently
appreciated, as the town is visited by a larger number of
people since the concerts were started. Included in the
programme were the marches ''Knight of the Garter'' (Burns),
''The Musketeer'' (Partello), ''Shoulder to Shoulder''
(Southwell), ''Gems of Scotland'' (Rimmer), and the waltz
''Blue Danube'' (Strauss). The band visited Dunback on Sunday
week and played a sacred programme, which was much
appreciated. Programmes were also played on Christmas Eve and
New Year's Eve.
• The temporary freedom of a leopard belonging to
Barton's Circus caused some excitement at Wellington on
Tuesday afternoon (states a Press Association telegram). An
attendant was cleaning out the animal's cage, and to
facilitate the work put the feline into a cage occupied by
some baboons. The parties did not agree, however, and very
soon the big cat had devoured a couple of the apes.
The attendant made desperate efforts to replace the leopard,
which was now thoroughly aroused by the taste of blood, but
failed, and the animal pulled free from his chain and got his
liberty. At this moment ''Tackles'', one of the circus staff,
came on the scene, sized up the position, and grappled with
the leopard, at the same time calling wildly for help. This
was soon at hand, and the animal was reduced by much
cudgelling to a semi-conscious state and put back into its
''Tackles' '' plucky act no doubt averted a serious, possibly
a fatal, outcome of the adventure. He escaped with some deep
flesh wounds on the throat and body.
- ODT, 3.1.1913.