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Warden, pupil of his father, enters for musical knowledge examination at Trinity College, Grafton

Trinity College Examinations. The following candidates have entered for the examination in musical knowledge to be held at Grafton on Saturday, 8th June:— Junior Division, Pass Section — Clara Browne, Eva Coyle, Charles McAuley, Anastasia Plummer (all Sisters of Mercy, Cowper); Susie Hebblewhite and Bertha Englert (Miss Edie Campbell); Mary E. Evans (Miss Biden); Beatrice Gale and Thomas Noud (Sisters of Mercy, Ulmarra); Stella Jordan (Mrs. Welch); Herbert A. Warden (Mr. Warden). In the Honours Section, Junior Division, the following are candidates — Clara Browne, Mary E. Evans, Beatrice Gale, Susie Hebblewhite, Charles H. McAuley, Thomas Noud, H. A. Warden, and Sybil V. Stevenson, the latter a pupil of Mrs. Welch's. In the Intermediate Division the candidates in both Pass and Honours are — Theresa Fawcett (Mr. Warden), Eva R. Small (Sisters of Mercy, Cowper). Annie McMillan (Sisters of Mercy, Cowper) is the only candidate in the Senior Division, and she has entered for both Pass and Honours.[1]

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As previous, Warden receives pass and honours

TRINITY COLLEGE EXAMINATIONS. The following candidates presented themselves at the recent Trinity College examinations conducted at the Mechanics' Institute, Grafton, by Mr. A. T. Kimpton (secretary) and a local committee. SENIOR. Annie McMillan (Cowper Convent) pass and honours. INTERMEDIATE. Theresa Fawcett (Mr. L. Warden) pass and honours. Eva R. Small (Cowper Convent) pass and honours. JUNIOR. Clara Browne (Cowper Convent) pass and honours. Eva Coyle (Cowper Convent) pass. Charles McAulay (Cowper Convent) pass and honours. Anastasia Plummer (Cowper Convent) pass. Bertha Englert (Miss E. Campbell) pass. Susie Hebblewhite (Miss E. Campbell) pass & honours. Beatrice Gale (Convent School, Ulmarra) pass and honours. Thos. Noud (Convent school, Ulmarra) pass & honours. Stella Jordan (Mrs. Welch) pass. Sybil V. Stevenson (Mrs. Welch) honours. Herbert A. Warden (Mr. L. Warden) pass and honours. Mary E. Evans (Mrs. Biden, Bellingen) pass and honours.[2]

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Warden, a pupil of Ulmarra Public School, successful in selection as Pupil Teacher

APPLICANT PUPIL TEACHERS EXAMINATION. Mr. Flashman, the District Inspector of Schools, has received the results of the competitive examination for pupil teachers, held on 13th December last. Nearly all the leading schools sent representatives, and 25 candidates sat, there being four to be chosen. The successful ones were — William Page, Alex. Dale Fraser, Henry Royce Eagles, of the Grafton Superior Public School, and Herbert Arthur Warden, Ulmarra Public School. The passes are very creditable, and reflect much credit on the teachers concerned, all the candidates getting a high percentage of marks.[3]

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Warden's appointment as Pupil Teacher on Probation formally published in NSW Gazette

Department of Public Instruction, Sydney, 25th September, 1901. HIS Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor, with the advice of the Executive Council, and on the recommendation of the Public Service Board, has approved of the appointment of the following persons to the positions and schools specified,— such appointments to take effect from the date of entry on duty in each case:— To be Pupil Teachers on Probation. Mr. Herbert A. Warden, Palmer's Island Public. Mr. Marmion Dart, Clunes Public. To be Teacher on Probation. Mr. Wilhelm E. Robinson, White Swamp Provisional. JOHN PERRY.[4]

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Warden, as Pupil Teacher, transferred from Palmer's Island School to Camperdown School

Teachers' Appointments. The following appointments of public school teachers are gazetted:— Miss S. Arnold, from O.B.X. Creek to East Maitland, as assistant; Miss M. C. Peoples, from Cormick's Creek to Cheviot; Mr. F. C. Allen, from Fernmount South to Cormick's Creek and Tullymorgan half-time; Mr. J. O'Keeffe, from Ramornie to Fernmount South Provisional; Mr. S. O'Keeffe, from Chatsworth Island to Ramornie Public, as pupil teacher; Miss E. B. McNeill, from Tullymorgan to Corangula Provisional; Mr. H. Turnbull, from Blaxland to Shark Creek; Mr. A. Nicholson, from Shark Creek to Blaxland Public; Mr. H. A. Warden, from Palmer's Island to Camperdown, as pupil teacher; Mr. J. A. McIntyre, from Broadwater to Bonville half-time, as teacher on probation; Miss B. Taylor from Casino to Lismore, as pupil teacher; Mr. T. Strang, from Byron Creek to Casino, as pupil teacher; Mr. H. Brewer from Point Danger to Byron Creek, as pupil teacher; Mr. W. G. Harkness from South Grafton to Grafton, as pupil teacher; Mr. W. R. Page, from Maclean to South Grafton, as pupil teacher; Mr. E. Small, from Maclean to Cangai, as teacher on probation; Miss Z. Farlow, from Harwood to Maclean, as pupil teacher; Mr. W. A. Shute, from Cangai to Walbundrie; Mr. A. W. Campbell, from Bonville to Nimbin.[5]

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Warden, at Darling Road School, is promoted to Class III within the Pupil Teacher category

Department of Public Instruction, Sydney, 24th April, 1903. THE Public Service Board have approved of the promotion of the undermentioned Pupil Teachers, as the result of their examination in December last:— To CLASS I. . . . To CLASS II. . . . To CLASS III. . . . Mary Taylor, Narrabri; Lindsay A. Tebbutt, Murrurundi; Minnie H. Thor-burn, Rockdale; Benjamin J. Tollis, St. Peters; Arthur C. Toole, Milltown; Herbert F. Treharne, Balgownie; Margaret V. Turner, Waterloo; Arthur J. Waples, Unanderra; Herbert A. Warden, Darling Road; Jessie C. Watson, South Strath-field; Stanley C. Way, Coraki; Amy L. Welch, Darling Road; Elizabeth M. Wheeler, St. Peters; Caroline W. White, Molong; Florence E. White, Wollongong; Florence L. White, Bowral; Ettie Wilkins, North Goulburn; Clara Willard, Oakhampton; Herbert P. Willcock, Waverley; Edwin Williams, Birchgrove; Harry Williams, Wollongong; Hector O. Williams, Annandale; Rosina Williams, Horseshoe Bend; Margaret J. Wilson, Stanmore; Violet G. Wilson, Mount Victoria. JOHN PERRY.[6]

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Warden, still at Darling Road School, is further promoted to Pupil Teacher Class II

Department of Public Instruction, Sydney, 23rd May, 1904. THE Public Service Board have approved of the promotion of the undermentioned Pupil Teachers, as the result of examination:— To Class II. . . . Arthur Tarleton, Granville North; Edward T. Taylor, Bex Hill; Hubert Taylor, Morpeth; Mary Taylor, Narrabri; Minnie H. Thorburn, Rockdale; Benjamin J. Tollis, St. Peter's; Arthur J. Toole, Orange East; Herbert F. Treharne, Balgownie; Margaret V. Turner, Newtown; Herbert A. Warden, Darling Road; Jessie C. Watson, Strathfield South; Stanley C. Way, Auburn; Amy L. Welch, Darling Road; Muriel M. West, Ballina; Elizabeth M. Wheeler, St. Peter's; Caroline W. White, Molong; Florence E. White, Wollongong; Florence L. White, Mittagong; Ettie Wilkins, Goulburn North; Clara Willard, Oakhampton; Herbert P. Willcock, Waverley; Edwin Williams, Birchgrove; Harry Williams, Wollongong; Hector O. Williams, Annandale; Margaret J. Wilson, Stanmore; Violet G. Wilson, Mount Victoria.[7]

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Warden, still at Darling Road School, is further promoted to Pupil Teacher Class I

Department of Public Instruction, Sydney, 23rd May, 1905. EXAMINATION OF PUPIL TEACHERS, HELD IN DECEMBER, 1904. The Public Service Board have approved of the promotion of the undermentioned Pupil Teachers, as the result of the abovementioned examination:— To Class I. . . . William H. Tonkin, Adelong; Bessie Tonking, Adelong; Herbert F. Treharne, Balgownie; Eva Valkenburg, Chatswood; Elsie L. Vincent, Wagga Wagga; Albert J. Waine, Arncliffe; Emily Walton, Plattsburg; Herbert A. Warden, Darling Road; Annie Watts, Berry; Stanley C. Way, Auburn; Bona R. Weeden, Tumut; Lucy C. Weedon, Goulburn East; Amy L. Welch, Darling Road; Elizabeth M. Wheeler, St. Peters; Florence N. White, Mittagong; Thomas A. White, Deniliquin; Ethel J. Wicht, Tumut; Ettie Wilkins, Goulburn North; Clara Wil-lard, Oakhampton; Herbert P. Willcock, Waverley; Edwin Williams, Birchgrove; Harry Williams, Wollongong; Hector O. Williams, Annandale; Margaret J. Wilson, Stanmore; Violet G. Wilson, Mount Victoria; Eric V. Wood, Wrightville; Mary E. Woods, Broken Hill; Harold M. Woodward, Camden; Nellie G. Wootten, Mosman.[8]

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Warden, still at Darling Road School, is awarded an "A" scholarship to Training College

TRAINING COLLEGE SESSION, 1906. Admission of Pupil-teachers — Allotment of Scholarships. "A" Scholarships have been awarded to the 51 males and 50 females who gained the highest number of marks at examination. "B" Scholarships have been awarded to the 25 males and the 27 females gaining the next highest marks. The names of the successful candidates, in order of merit, are as follow:— MALES. "A" Scholarships (51). Leslie J. Shortland (Jones' Medallist), Cleveland-street; Henry Royce Eagles, Grafton; John Gibson, Bowral; Wm. Robert Page, Grafton; Thomas Richmond Mallett, Wardell; John Leaver, Woollahra; James Wm. Merrick, Redfern; Robert Challis Taylor, Mosman, and Edwin Williams, Birchgrove — equal; Peter L. Murphy, Paddington; Leo. Rochfort Egan, The Rock; Frank Purnell, Glebe; Thos. Alexr. White, Deniliquin, and Henry Maxwell Colyer, West Maitland — equal; Arthur W. Hutchin, Manly; Wm. Sutherland McNiven, Lithgow; Wm. Chas. Morris, Frederickton; Marmion Hubert Dart, Parramatta South; Herbert Arthur Warden, Darling Road, and Clyde Alexr. Cumming, Casino — equal; George McAlister, Tumut; Herbert Percy Willcock, Waverley; Joseph C. McMiles, Liverpool, and George Riginald Martin, South Goulburn — equal; Hedd Lloyd Clough, St. Leonards, and Walter Atkins, Bathurst — equal; George Porter, South Granville; John McGrory, Redfern; Oswald Jno. Howarth, Bathurst; Leslie Victor King, Gerring-gong ; Geo. Henderson Johnstone, Annandale, and Herbert F. Treharne, Wollongong — equal; Thos. Joseph Clyne, Bathurst, and Fred. Potter, Picton — equal; Walter Finigan, Ultimo; Thos. A. Lappin, Gardiner's Road; Robt. Geo. Cameron, Waterloo; James K. Jamieson, Granville; Arnold Leslie Smith, Alma; Aubrey J. B .Sherring, Goulburn, and Wm. M. Dorney, New Lambton — equal; Norman L. James, Cobar; John Murphy, Tenterfield, and George Alex. Blackett, Parramatta North — equal; George Sackville Ridley, Kogarah; Reginald L. McLean, Newcastle South; John Neville, Cleveland-street; Harold M. Woodward, Camden ; Alexander Beatson, Maclean; Wm. Henry Tonkin, Adelong, and Alex. Campbell Grieve, Balgownie — equal.[9]

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Warden, as Student in Training at Sydney Technical College, receives a second grade pass in his first year

TECHNICAL COLLEGE. EXAMINATION RESULTS. SYDNEY AND BRANCH COLLEGES. FIRST PASS LIST. The following are the results of the examinations held at the Sydney Technical College and branch schools in the suburban and country districts for 1906 so far as completed. They include the winners of the Granville Technical School engineering and art scholarships, also the winners of the gold medals awarded by the Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board for plumbing and sanitary engineering. The remainder of the results will be published as early as practicable:— . . . STUDENTS IN TRAINING.— Honors. Joseph C. McMiles, Aubrey J. Sherring, Edwin J. Williams. First grade — Walter Atkins, Oliver C. G. Earl, Walter Finigan, William S. McNiven, William M. Dorney, Arnold L. Smith, Arthur L. Hubbard, Louis G. Kendall, William G. Budden, Benjamin J. Colditz, Fred Potter, Clyde A. Cumming; Victor N. B. Parry, George L. Rawson, John Leaver, William H. Tonkin, Thomas S. Barling, George McAlister, Herbert F. Treharne, John Gibson, William C. Morris, John Neville, George A. Thomas, Leslie J. Shortland, Sidney G. Nicoll, Leo R. Egan, George A. Blackett, Robert W. Evans, James W. Merrick, Thomas J. Clyne, Henry M. Colyer, George Porter, Gerard L. Reid, Leslie V. King, Richard Jory, Percy W. Hallett, George H. Johnston. Second grade — Herbert A. Warden, Herbert P. Willcock, Arthur Hutchin, Arthur J. Kaglund, Albert J. Waine, Arthur N. Northcott, Norman James, Albert F. Osborne, Edward S. Green, Harry Leaver, Harold Woodward, Thomas R. Mallett, Reginald MacLean, George Greenlees, John Murphy, James C. Filan, Frank Purnell, . . . [10]

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Warden, now at Balmain School, promoted to Class IIb

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION. THE Public Service Board have approved of the undermentioned Teachers being classified as follows, from 1st January, 1910:— As the Result of Examination. Class IIa.— Alice M. Baldock, Forbes; Nora M. Barry, Crown-street; George A. Blackett, North Richmond; Annie Cook, Dulwich Hill; Clyde A. Cumming, Blackfriars; Leo. R. Egan, Burwood; Evan G. Evans, B.A., Orange; Louis G. Kendall, Cleveland-street; John Leaver, B.A., Fort-street; Elizabeth Macara, Orange; Joseph C. McMiles, Fort-street; William S. McNiven, Cleveland-street; John Neylan, Inverell; Albert F. Osborne, Howlong; George Porter, Parramatta; Elizabeth M. Wheeler, Erskineville; Clara Willard, Cook's Hill; Edwin J. Williams, West Marrickville. Class IIb.— Thomas Hamilton, Knockrow; Francis Middenway, Kelso; Colin Moody, Petersham; Edward A. Mooney, William-street; Amy Rourke, Fort-street; Helena C. Rutherford, Blackfriars; Beatrice Simpson, Wollongong; Joseph Taylor, Fort-street; Mary Taylor, Narrabri; Herbert F. Treharne, Glebe; Herbert A. Warden, Balmain; George M. Wilson, Leichhardt; Alfred Wines, Fort-street. Class IIIa.— Lily de Moulin, Armidale; Thomas E. Naughton, Broken Hill. Class IIIb.— Charlotte K. Anderson, Newcastle South; George J. Hawk, Hurstville; Annie M. Richardson, Tenterfield. Class IIIc Provisionally.— William E. Champion, Bulbudgerie; Charles F. V. Harris, Vere; Matthew J. Hickey, Dudauman Provisional; Richard M. Kennedy, Sebastapol; William E. Loosley, Redlands; Patrick J. Rigney, Montecollem Provisional; Cecil H. Robertson, Guildford; Oscar T. Schacht, Heaton Provisional; Arline F. Siebert, Lismore; Alice Spratt, Shadforth; George E. Stanford, Flyer's Creek Provisional; Margaret V. Turner, Cootamundra. For Good Service. Class Ia.— Warwick M. Clarke, Mudgee. Class IIIa.— Leslie Bedford, Topi Topi; Nellie Mealy, Stanmore; A. S. Wheatley, Edgerton and Elizabethfields Half-time. J. A. HOGUE.[11]

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First report of Warden's experiments with wireless, clearly ongoing for some time

Wireless. EXPERIMENTS AT THE LOCAL SCHOOL. Interesting experiments in wireless are being conducted at the local school. Mr. Warden (one of the masters) has equipped the school with a wireless outfit, and, as far as is known, it is the first station of its kind in an Australian school. All the apparatus has been made by the installer, with the assistance of the boys. The only instruments bought were a pair of head telephones, specially wound for wireless work, and a few brass fittings. All the other apparatus was made at the school in the manual training room. As a branch of practical science teaching, electricity and magnetism is now accepted as being a particularly good subject for study. It is practical and pointed, and appeals more especially to boys. Wireless embraces practically all branches of electrical science. The station at the school is primarily intended to communicate with boys who have taken up the study of wireless. Several boys are erecting short distance plants capable of sending or receiving up to distances of a mile or two. The school outfit is capable of sending up to 20 miles, and with the delicate instruments installed stations within a radius of 500 miles come in distinctly when atmospheric conditions are electrically suitable. Disturbances, or statics as they are termed, are always present in the atmosphere, and these electrical cracklings, as they appear to be, interfere, to a large extent, with the reception of messages. Although the experiments have been going on for only the past week or so, four or five stations have been "picked up," and Sydney comes in fairly strongly. The aerial wires, or "aerial" as it is called, consists of four wires of two strands, each 110 feet long. From the centre of this system four leads of 70 feet lead in to the instruments. The aerial thus contains 720 feet, and is supported between a flag pole 56 high and another 35 feet high. The leading-in wires are insulated from the building by thick glass tubing, and are connected to the tuning devices in the building. No current is required to excite the receiving set, but a battery is employed to generate electric impulses in the sending set. No experiments have been made for sending distances, but experiments have been carried out in the school with the sending outfit, and have proved successful. The aerial is to be enlarged, and very great distances will be obtained in the receiving system. The boys have shown great interest in the experiments, and some are busy with their own outfits, which, although small, will, in most cases, be quite capable of receiving messages from the school. This experimentation must lead to some good. The boys have a fascinating hobby — which is also highly educative; and it is by no means the expensive pastime most people would at first be inclined to think. An outlay of some few shillings will supply a boy of a scientific bent with a small wireless equipment for re-ceiving messages up to a distance of one or two miles.[12]

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Warden attends meeting of the Narrabri Literary Institute, as committee member

The Literary Institute. A committee meeting of the Literary Institute was held on Wednesday evening, 9th April, 1913. Present: Messrs. P. A. McAlister (chair), H. W. Kidd, P. J. Levey, H. A. Warden, Hy. Logan, J. McGrath, G. H. Wilson, ?. A. Woods, G. Burrows, H. L. McClelland, and L. O. Morath. Three applications for the position of librarian and caretaker, and Billiard room attendant were considered. On the motion of Mr. P. J. Lovey, seconded by Mr. G. H. Wilson, Mrs. Mutton was appointed to the position of librarian and caretaker; and on the motion of Mr. Burrows, seconded by Mr. Levey, the matter of an attendant for the billiard room was left in the hands of the Billiard Room Committee. A list of accounts, totalling £94 18s. 2d., was referred to the Finance Committee for payment as they decide, and it was reported that while the general fund was in credit £24 12s. 10d., there was still £187 10s. 9d. owing on the billiard tables. The Works Committee reported that there was a lot of necessary work to be done in connection with the hall, but asked that the matter of seating accommodation, which they considered to be urgent, be attended to at once. Mr. McGrath moved that the Works Committee be referred to the Finance Committee, and that the latter be instructed to allow them such money as they consider necessary. Seconded by Mr. Wilson and carried. The Library Committee presented a report, in which they stated that they had decided on a new system of purchase of books, the institution of the card system, and the renumbering of the books in consecutive order. Owing to the large number of useless books on the shelves, a system of eliminating such and replacing them by up-to-date volumes is to be carried out. With reference to the matter of overdue rent for the hall, that was mentioned at a previous meeting, it was stated that a promise had been received that payment would be made. Correspondence was received from J. McGrath, accepting position on committee. From G. Leffler, professional billiardist, offering to give exhibition games for a consideration. From Under Secretary Public Instruction, relative to appointment of trustees, asking whether certain formalities had been gone through. The president welcomed Mr. McGrath to the meeting. The secretary was instructed to write to Mr. Leffler, stating that the committee was unable to make arrangements for him. A letter is to be forwarded to Under Secretary for Education pointing out that his requests have been previously complied with. The matter of linoleum for the billiard room was discussed, but owing to shortage of funds nothing was done. Mr. Levey moved that the matter of buying new crockery and instituting a system of checking it when hired out, | be left in the hands of the secretary. Seconded by Mr. McGrath, and carried. Reference was made to a paragraph appearing in the "Courier" some time ago, and readers will find an article on the subject elsewhere in this issue.[13]

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Comprehensive account of Warden's classes in wireless telegraphy

The Song of the Radio. Being an account of the Wireless Station at Narrabri District School. "Tata-ta-taaa. . . . Ta-ta-ta-taaa.' The sounds, persistent and distinct, repeated at frequent intervals and several times on each occasion come humming into our ears. We pull tighter the leather straps around our heads, and press more closely to our ears the telephone receivers. Again the impatient "Ta-ta-ta-taaa," and now the sound varies — new measures of staccato notes, quick, clear, persuasive, like the tapping on an elfin zylophone, attract us. For the first time in our lives we hear the song of the radio, distant and eerie, borne to us by air sprites. It holds us enthralled. We forget our world, our entity, our humanity, and obliterating time and space, we — "Do you hear that?" Down to earth again with a thud. The question came from Mr. Warden, the expert, whose name has been mentioned so often lately in connection with the wireless station at Narrabri District School. "Yes, we hear it quite plainly — ta-ta-ta-taaa — but we hardly understand what it all means." "No, I suppose not," he remarked with a smile; "quite simple though for one who knows the international codes. It's a message from Melbourne, between 700 and 800 miles away. The first sounds, dots and dashes, meaning P.O.M. (i.e., Melbourne Radio Station) were the call. You notice they were repeated twice, as all radio message are. Those following were part of a business communication, which Pennant Hills station will soon transmit to one of the mail steamers off the coast. Of course, anyone who has a station can receive a private message if it is not in code, but to divulge it would be an offence against courtesy, and (if you will notice the wording of my licence) the law. Further —" Crackle, crack, crack, crackle! burst in on us suddenly. To our amazed inquiry came the calm response — "Only static — stray atmospheric electricity." The crackling continued for some time, and as, when it stopped, the message had also ended, we took the opportunity to look around us. The "cabin" in which we were was once a school hat room, but is now fitted with tables and other furniture, pictures of Edison, Tesla, and Marconi; charts, maps, and diagrams of wireless apparatus adorn the walls; on the benches are numerous electrical instruments, and batteries from which mysterious wires run up the wall, out of the roof, into the open air, where they are joined to an "aerial" 60ft high and 180ft long. At this moment our attention was drawn to new sounds in the receiver. After a time they ceased, and the operator explained that it was the daily weather forecast sent out from Brisbane. These are transmitted from each official station every evening in order to keep ocean steamers posted. Other faint sounds being heard, the operator moved a slider on a coil system, and they gradually became louder until, when the gilder coil fitted inside another, is the "tuner," and when the slide reaches the point of maximum loudness the stations are said to be "in tune." The "tuner" is fitted to an instrument called a "detector," in which two pieces of mineral crystal, about ¼in thick, are brought into contact. These "detect" the waves that strike them, and load off little currents of electricity into the receivers, where they are transformed into audible sounds. For an hour we sat listening to this tapping. Messages were flying towards us with unimaginable speed. Unseen beings — fulfilling Puck's boast — were sending forth their thoughts, which, hurtling through space, unheeded and unknown by those uninitiated into the mysteries of wireless telegraphy, were entrapped by the "aerial," and imprisoned in the cunningly contrived labyrinth of wires, were forced to reveal their secrets. They came from one capital to another, from ships hundreds of miles at sea to the harbor they wished to reach. Some messages were merely reports; some asked advice on various subjects; others sent greetings to friends. Now, a ship in Bass Straits informed an anxious friend that "the family in cabin No. — were all well, and sent their love." Now vice-royalty exchanged courtesies. Perhaps the most interesting and tragic was that from a well-known steamer, asking for a detective to meet it when it reached port. How long does it take tor these messages to travel?" "Well, a message from Sydney (350 miles away) gets here in less that one-fivehundredth of a second. The mountains don't affect the rate of travelling in the least." We were astonished, but our amazement in-





creased when we were told that, with the puny instruments at present used in the station, calls had been heard from Adelaide, Brisbane, Tasmania, and Thursday Island (1800 miles distant). Broome has been heard across Australia, a distance of 2000 miles. Wellington and Fiji, as well as Port Moresby, have also been picked up. Valuable assistance is being given by Mr. L. J. Blackwell, of the Postal Department, who has had some experience in "wireless" work previous to his Narrabri appointment. All of these distant stations have been heard by Mr. Blackwell with the aid of an "audin detector," the most sensitive known to science. At this point was asked Mr. Warden to supply some information about himself and his work. On the first head, he was naturally tacit. We gathered, however, that this gentleman — one of the local school teachers — originally made a study of chemistry and electricity at Sydney Technical College, and the Teachers' College, and for some months past has steeped himself in "dot-dash" lore. Every spare moment he could snatch has been devoted to this fascinating science, and his ardor has been well rewarded. Not only has his station become a landmark in the history of Narrabri, but also constitutes a record for the Commonwealth, being the only wireless base so far inland. Up to the present, the progress made has been great and rapid. Several months ago the station was erected in the school grounds, under the supervision of Mr. Warden, who supplied the necessary electrical apparatus. Owing to the exgiencies of his occupation, Mr. Warden is free only in the night time, which is rather a blessing than otherwise, as, owing to certain physical phenomena, the "wireless" gives better results when daylight has passed. Messages are received with ordinary telephone receivers fixed to machines constructed by the operator, who, beside being a scientist, is also a clever mechanic. These twin assets stand him in good stead. Ordinarily the apparatus used would be purchased at nothing less than £50. The home-made articles, however, while working as well cost only a few pounds. The amazing cheapness of the whole thing has opened up great possibilities, and already several enthusiasts in the town have started stations. Hitherto the station has been only able to receive messages. A few weeks ago experiments with a small transmitting set led to the sending of messages over a distance of several miles. It is intended, in the near future, to attempt messages over a greater distance, with the help of a half-horse power gas engine. This will supply sufficient power to send messages up to a distance of 50 miles. Mr. Warden's enthusiasm, besides being shared by numerous adults, has also been infused into many of the senior pupils of the school. There is nothing that appeals to the mind of a growing boy more than wireless telegraphy. Even without the electrical knowledge there are mysterious coils to play with, connections to be made, and sparks to be seen when the key is pressed down. More than that, there is construction work, "the making of something out of nothing, which is the prerogative of the Creator, and the joy of childhood." As Mr. Warden is science and manual training master of the school, he can get into very intimate contact with the youthful enthusiasts. The lessons given in these classes, which, by-the-way, are supplementary to the usual lessons, are useful, practical, and interesting, and the children appreciate, as only children can, the making and doing of something they can use and understand. In connection with the manual work, excellent wooden and metal models have been made on a Drummond lathe by the pupils in "crafts" class, held after the ordinary course of lessons and on Saturday. Many of them will talk nothing but wireless. Their pocket money is carefully saved, and then spent on the materials for making new instruments. As they are taught simple and inexpensive ways of making these, every article, except the receivers, can be made at home or in the school workroom. Classes also have been formed for the teaching of the code. In order to attend these, about 30 youngsters give up part of their play and lunch hours. The interest shown in this branch of the subject is great, and has led to excellent results. It has its comical side, however, as, for instance, when one boy, who was unable to answer a class question, unconsciously tapped out "S.O.S.," i.e., the signal of distress. The institution of wireless telegraphy in Narrabri District School has been found to be of the greatest educational value to the children, for whilst it has been the means of making the usual science lesson exceedingly practical and interesting, it also has proved to be a valuable adjunct in teaching our coastal geography. Messages from vessels have been noted, their position has been located, their course followed interestedly, and their cargoes, destination, and future trips recorded. The material thus obtained serves as the basis for excellent competitions, maps, and oral descriptions. But it is, perhaps, to the general tone of the school work that the innovation contributes mostly, the children, who have become interested, showing a greater aptitude and anxiety to press on with their general studies. The work done in connection with the station has for some time past been accorded deserved praise by the local authorities and journals. The Minister for Public Instruction has promised to visit it when he comes through the district, and then it is hoped that the State will take suitable measures to reward the untiring efforts of the operator.[14]

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Warden plays several violin pieces at a piano recital

Piano Students' Recital. The piano students of Miss Noeline J. Lincoln, assisted by local artists, gave a very pleasant recital on Thursday evening, to a very good house of invited friends. The programme for the evening consisted of vocal and instrumental renditions. The first item of the evening was as overture entitled "Poet and Peasant" (Suppe), rendered by an orchestra of local artists. Mr. W. M. Malone was heard to advantage in his rendering of "My Beloved Queen." Miss Queenie Frater gave a splendid pianoforte production entitled "Polish Dance"; while Mr. H. A. Warden was accorded an enthusiastic encore for the able manner in which he rendered Raif's "Cavatina," the encore graciously given being St. Saen's "Le Cygne" (The Swan). Miss Heather Logan played Diabelli's "Sonatina" very nicely and was heartily applauded. Miss Arndell, of Rocky Creek, who was greeted with rounds of applause, was heard in fine voice in Thompson's composition, "Come, Sing to Me"; while Miss Aggie Frater gave a fine rendering of Spindler's "Aerienne." In making the presentation of certificates to the successful pupils, Mr. G. S. E. Dale (whose remarks were replete with humor) said it was his pleasing duty to do so. He thought the people of Narrabri ought to feel grateful to have among them a teacher such as Miss Noeline Lincoln, and from what we have heard tonight we should be very proud of her. The pupils should feel a great honor in having won these certificates, seeing they came from London. He was very pleased to call upon the following pupils to receive their certificates:— Miss Heather Logan (elementary division), who secured 97 points out of 100; Miss Aggie Frater (intermediate), 88 points; and Miss Queenie Frater (senior), 87 points. Each pupil was greeted with applause as she was handed her certificate. The second part of the programme started off, as in the first, with an orchestral overture, compiled from Gounod's "Faust." Miss Lindsay Frater gave a nice rendering of "A la Bien-Aimee" (Schutte). Mr. Thistle Logan was heard to advantage in "The Admiral's Broom," and for a well-deserved encore sang "If I had a Thousand Lives." Mr. Warden was again heard to advantage in his rendition of Gounod's "Ave Maria," and Mr. Malone was heartily applauded for the excellent manner in which he gave Tosti's "Parted," to which a violin obligato was played by Mr. Warden. Miss Margaret Stafford, Miss Nita Schatz and Miss Hilda Harward did very creditably in their respective performances. The finishing item was a trio by Miss Lincoln (piano), Mr. H. A. Warden (violin) and Mr. Henry Logan ('cello), entitled Second Symphony (by Danda), and was enthusiastically received, so much so that they had to play it over again as an encore. "God Save the King" brought a very pleasant evening to a close.[15]

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Warden, at Narrabri School, promoted to Teacher Class IIA after examination

PROMOTIONS. . . . DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION. THE Public Service Board have approved of the undermentioned Teachers being classified as follows, — from 1st January, 1914, unless otherwise stated:— By Examination. . . . Class IIA.— Lily S. Alexander, Inverell; Ruby Benz, Campsie; Francis T. Brodie, Cleveland-street; Alice E. Bullow, Leichhardt; Mary E. Butler, Helensburgh; Francis X. Byrne, Waverley; Mary E. Clark, Tempe; Leo. D. Clout, Dulwich Hill; Albert Cook, Kangiara Mines; Elsie M. Currie, Cessnock; Dorothy Davidson, Hurstville; Pearl I. Dwight, Crown-street; Evelyn Geary, Redfern; Mary Geelan, Bathurst; Martin T. Gibbons, Forbes; Alexander Gordon, M.A., Tambar Springs; John J. Graham, Tyndale; Thomas Hamilton, Rappville; Charles E. Harrold, Wagga Wagga; Alexander D. Hathaway, Erskineville; David J. Heery, Sam's Corner; Albert E. Jenkins, Birchgrove; William T. Landrey, Cleveland-street; James Lauder, Willoughby; Mary Learmonth, Wollongong; Francis W. A. Lowe, Orange Grove; Irene M. Manton, Dubbo; Donald G. Marshall, Glenoak; Ivy McClelland, Dulwich Hill; Henry A. McKenzie, Adamstown; Francis Middenway, Kelso; Kathleen O'Rourke, Burwood; Vincent Parkinson, Yass; Alfred W. Patterson, Mandurama; Samuel D. Pitt, Binda; John H. Reid, Mosman; Richard T. Richards, Wanda; Edith M. Roulston, North Sydney; William A. Russell, Nicholson-street; Evelyn A. Smith, Summer Hill; May Smith, Botany; Peter S. Tapp, Newtown North; Joseph Taylor, Fort-street High; Mary Taylor, Woollahra; Herbert F. Treharne, Rozelle; Herbert A. Warden, Narrabri; Allison R. Weddell, Stanmore; William C. Whitting, Camden; George M. Wilson, Cleveland-street; Alfred Wines, Stockton.[16]

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Warden obtains PMG's approval to transmit (from a wireless plant at the showground), a report of the opening ceremony and publish locally

WIRELESS AT THE SHOW. Mr. H. A. Warden, of the Narrabri Public School, has obtained permission from the Postmaster-General to install a wireless plant in the Show Grounds. Arrangements will be made for the speech of the Minister of the Crown who performs the opening ceremony, to be taken down and transmitted to a station in town. It will then be brought to this office as an ordinary wire and published in our issue of the 25th. This will be the first wireless message received and published by a country newspaper.[17]

As above, report in the Sydney Morning Herald of the previous event

Wireless at a Country Show.— Something of a record for a country show was made yesterday at Narrabri, where the annual show is being held. Wireless transmitting and receiving stations were established at the showground and the Public school respectively. Mr. H. A. Warden, first assistant at the district Public school, operated, and Mr. T. J. Blackwell, telegraphic operator in the local post-office, and an enthusiastic student of wireless, had charge of the receiving station at the school. The aerials could be seen above the grand stand on the showground, and the district inspector of schools and the representative of the "Sydney Morning Herald" was able to despatch messages of congratulation to the head master on the splendid exhibit of the school work and manual industry in the show pavilion. These two wireless operators frequently heard messages sent from Adelaide and even New Zealand at their Narrabri station.[18]

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Warden attends Narrabri School of Arts annual meeting as committeeman

School of Arts. ANNUAL MEETING. This meeting was held on Monday evening in the School of Arts. Present:— Messrs. McAlister (chair), Smith, P. Levey, Logan, Morath, Burrow, Palmer, Maule, Piper, M. Levy, Wilson, Warden, Madgwick, and secretary Kidd. The annual report was received and adopted, on the motion of Messrs. Piper and M. Levy, and is as follows:— Ladies and Gentlemen,— In presenting their report for the year 1913-14. During the year the following left the district: Mr. W. H. D. Smith, an energetic committeeman, whose unexpected removal left a gap that will be hard to fill; Mr. R. L. McClelland, for some years Treasurer; and Rev. Waterhouse. Mr. Warden was elected treasurer and Mr. Madgwick a committeeman. The membership now stands at 170. This points to a very deplorable state of affairs as far as the public is concerned. That the general public should evince so little interest in the affairs of an Institute founded for their own advancement, compels us to pause and wonder whether it would not be advisable to close the Institute for a stated period. It would then be brought home to them with greater force than ever the value of the Institution, which at the present time they fail to appreciate. The number of books is made up as follows:— Fiction 1760, poetry and drama 50, geography and travels 33, history and biography 47, religion and theology 31, scientific 17, miscellaneous 7, books of Australian interest 22, sociology and political economy 34, works of reference 30, magazines 8, illustrated journals 7, newspapers 14, bound volumes of journals 82, statistics 12. The number of books taken out by subscribers was 2563. We regret to state that during the year we were unable to entertain the idea of holding University lectures. This was caused through the failure of these lectures to arouse any interest in the general public, the result being a financial loss to the Institute. [19]

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Warden attends function to farewell his future wife from her teaching duties, gives speech of acceptance of gifts on her behalf

Piano Students' Recital. On Wednesday night at the School of Arts, Miss Lincoln, A.L.C.M., L.L.C.M., bade farewell to music teaching in Narrabri by giving a concert, to which her pupils were large contributors. The hall was crowded, both the floor and the gallery being packed with an interested audience. We understand that Miss Lincoln, of piano fame is shortly to be married to Mr. H. A. Warden, who is violin-ly equally famous. The gathering therefore was of the mixture of farewell and welcome and concluded with presentations to Miss Lincoln which are hereinafter mentioned. Mr. Warden, violin and Mr. H. Logan 'cello, opened both parts of the programme with delightful music making. Among the pupils of Miss Lincoln who played and sang were Miss Bertha Getts, A.L.C.M., Miss Joyce Robinson, Miss Aggie Frater, Miss Queenie Frater, Miss May Glenn, and Miss Hilda Harward, and in each performance there was evidence of the fine training that Miss Lincoln imparts to all her pupils. Mr. P. A. McAlister, with a recitation, Miss Doyle, Messrs. W. M. Malone and Les Folk also contributed singing items to a delightful evening's enjoyment. We offer our congratulations to Mr. Warden and Miss Lincoln. The Presbyterian congregation took advantage of Miss Lincoln's concert to show their appreciation of her consistent support as their organist. After the presentation all the guests were entertained at supper by the Presbyterian Church, and after supper the hall was cleared and dancing enjoyed till midnight. During the carrying out of the programme, Mr. E. C. Arnold, B.A., in the absence of Mr. Dale, presented certificates to a number of pupils. Both parent and teacher must feel gratified at the success of the pupils. Several owing to the fact that the examination (which was held recently) papers have to go to London. Hewas pleased to present the following:— Miss Bertha Getts, Miss Queenie Frater, Miss Tossie Frater, Miss Aggie Frater, Miss Heather Logan, Miss May Glenn, and Miss Ida Clarence. At the close of the entertainment, Mr. Arnold said he had a most pleasing duty to perform, that of reading an address of appreciation from Miss Lincoln's pupils. It read as follows:— "We, your grateful and affectionate pupils, feel we cannot allow the opportunity this occasion affords to pass without an expression of those deep feelings of love and devotion that have actuated all those who have had the good fortune to be your pupils. As our instructress in the noblest of arts, you have ever by your high artistic instinct, inspired us with the ambition to excel and provided us with an example whose influence must always be with us for our good. We cannot adequately express to you our high appreciation of the gentle courtesy, constant kindness and unfailing patience that it has been our happy lot to experience at your hands, and though our present relationship terminates, our sorrow is tempered by the fact that though we lose a loved teacher, we still retain a dear friend. We earnestly hope that every happiness may be your lot in the new sphere to which you are called, and which you are so eminently fitted to adorn. We beg your acceptance of the accompanying gift as a small token of the great love and esteem in which you are held by all your late pupils, who cherish the hope that in the coming years you will sometimes think of us who will ever hold you in fond remembrance. We are, dear Miss Lincoln, most sincerely yours, (Signed by 53 pupils.) Miss Gladys Frater then presented Miss Lincoln with a silver hot water jug. Mr. Manning, the secretary of the Presbyterian Church, was also pleased to be associated with the present function. The recipient was worthy of a presentation. She had been organist of the Presbyterian Church for the past seven years, and had always been at her post. Her efforts had been keenly appreciated. Mr. Warden had also greatly assisted their services with his violin. He called upon the Rev. Mr. Smith to make a presentation on behalf of the congregation. Rev. Mr. Smith said he was a stranger filling the charge for a few weeks, and felt like apologising for making the presentation. The duty he had to discharge was in a sense a pleasing one. He had only known the recipient a very little while, but it was not necessary to have known her a long time to know what her character was — her character was in her face. She did not want any certificate from London as to her ability as a musician, she had given them a demonstration as to her qualifications. There are many people in the Presbyterian congregation who have a warm and kindly feeling towards her. Her services were greatly appreciated. The beautiful tea and coffee service is being presented to her, and no doubt the happy young man who sits round it will drink with pleasure the concoctions brewed in the teapot. He asked Miss Lincoln to accept the gift as a small token of esteem, respect and love in which she was held. (Applause.) Mr. Warden replied on behalf of Miss Lincoln. He considered his duty rather a difficult one. It being hard to express another's feelings. The pupils' present was indeed a valuable one. For some years Miss Lincoln has been associated with the work of teaching music. The gift symbolises the termination of this work and shows that her efforts have met with appreciation. Miss Lincoln had always taken a personal interest in all her pupils. The Church was a matter in which she had been associated with for years. She always felt it was a duty to fill the position she occupied. Her feelings of gratitude for the recognition of her services were sincere, and the present occasion was not a matter of words but feelings on her behalf. He thanked the pupils and congregation for their beautiful gifts.[20]

Warden presented with gifts on the eve of his marriage, by the staff and pupils of Narrabri school

Presentations. TO MR. H. A. WARDEN. Yesterday afternoon teachers and scholars assembled in the School after 4 o'clock to show their appreciation of Mr. H. A. Warden, one of the teachers, on the eve of his marriage. In introducing the subject, Mr. Arnold, head master, explained the occasion. Mr. Warden had endeared himself to the pupils, especially the boys, to whom he was a good comrade. He (Mr. Warden) had given them decent and healthy hobbies, such as wireless, teaching them how to make things themselves, an accomplishment they would appreciate in after years. Mr. Arnold called on Miss Nellie Parkes to hand Mr. Warden the pupils' gift (a silver gravy tureen on a silver tray — a very pretty present) as a mark of their esteem and appreciation of his work. Mr. Warden, in reply, fully appreciated the feelings which prompted the giving of the gift. He had received mementos from other schools he had been connected with, but the present was the first time he had received a wedding gift. Mr. Arnold had spoken about hobbies. Narrabri was fortun-ate in having such a model science room. Many large Sydney Schools did not have the equipment Narrabri possessed. The science room and manual training room were just what he had wanted to have for a long while. They had every facility which made the work enjoyable, and he was glad to know his work was appreciated. He thanked the children for their gift. Mr. Arnold on behalf of the teachers, presented Mr. Warden with a hand-some silver epergne, and in doing so he wished him every happiness in his new sphere of life, and hoped it would remind him of the pleasure he had given to the members of the School staff. Mr. Warden assured Mr. Arnold he would appreciate the gift from the teachers. During the three years he had been in Narrabri he had always tried to make things as pleasant as he could. He thanked the teachers for the handsome present. In the evening, at Thurlow's Hotel, where Mr. Warden has lived for the past three years, what is known as the "top table" presented Mr. Warden with a case of silver mounted pipes, as a mark of appreciation and regret at losing him from their circle to join the Benedicts.[21]

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Report of Warden's wedding

NARRABRI WEDDING. Warden — Lincoln. On Wednesday, the 10th instant, was solemnised in the Presbyterian Church, Narrabri, the marriage of Miss Noeline Lincoln, youngest daughter of Mrs. Lincoln, so long and favorably known in Narrabri, to Mr. Herbert A. Warden, of wireless fame, at the Narrabri local S.P. School. The decorations of the church were both dainty and novel. An arch composed of white streamers and peach blossoms spanned the church, and from the centre hung a beautiful wedding bell of immortelle daisies and maiden hair fern. On either side of this the bride's and bridegroom's initials in silver were suspended, while round the church and in the big southern window giant palms and peach bloom showed to great advantage, as did also two beautiful jardineers of lillies beside the altar. The marriage ceremony was performed by the Rev. Anson Smith, of Temora, in unique Scotch fashion. The bride's gown was of white crepe de chene with lamp-shade tunic of Chantilly lace. Her court train of satin charmeuse was lined with softest shell pink chiffon satin with shadow lace frills embroidered with true lovers' knots in pearls and caught with sprays of orange blossoms. The beautiful bridal veil of tulle and silk applique, the gift of her aunt in New Zealand, was arranged over a mob cap. She carried a shower bouquet of white carnations, hyacinths and maiden hair ferns, which with a necklet of pink torumalines and pearls were the bridesgroom's gift. Miss Heather Logan, niece of the bride, was chief bridesmaid. Her dress of silk shadow net over white Charmeuse had Raglan sleeves of white satin ribbon and Malines insertion. She also wore a mob cap of shadow net with frills of Malines lace and carried silver horse shoes which were caught with satin streamers and lillies of the valley, and she wore a gold bangle, gift of the bridesgroom. The train-bearers were Miss Joyce Robinson and Master Harry Logan, niece and nephew of the bride. The little lassie's dress was the facsimile of the bridesmaid's, and she also carried a silver horse shoe of lillies and satin streamer with a gold bangle, the bridesgroom's gift. Master Harry wore a page's cream suit with sash, collar and cuffs of pale blue satin and pale blue satin cavalier hat. He received as a memento a gold post card charm from the bridesgroom. As the bride entered the church on the arm of her brother-in-law, Mr. H. Logan, the choir sang "The Voice that Breathed o'er Eden." During the signing of the register Mrs. Black charmingly rendered "Because." The Wedding March was played with excellent taste by Mrs. W. Scott. The bride's mother wore a handsome gown of black satin Charmeuse with silver applique and net black tagel toque, touches of white tulle and jet, a bouquet of pale pink and mauve sweet pea veil with tulle. Mrs. E. Cantrell), sister of the bride, wore a charming gown of Tango embroidered crepe de chene with model hat of drawn tulle and flowers to match. Mrs. H. Logan, sister of the bride, dainty gown of champagne silk crepe with touches of rose floral silk and cream silk Maltese lace, rose de cerrie tagel hat with ospreys and tulle trimmings; Mrs. W. Robinson, bride's sister, handsome gown of nattier blue crepe do chene with Oriental trimmings of blue and gold, worn with a white Tuscan Dolly Varden hat, trimmed with pink roses and black velvet. After the ceremony a reception was held at "Kereudbright," the pretty home of Mr. and Mrs. L. Logan. The guests were received by Mrs. Lincoln and Mr. and Mrs. Logan. After the usual congratulations all sat down to a sumptuous repast, presided over by the Rev. Anson Smith, who proposed the toast of the bride and bridegroom, responded to by the bridegroom, who, while thanking all, wished to especially mention Mr. and Mrs. J. Manning and Mrs. Hardy for having played an important part in the wedding arrangements. All the toasts were musically honored and responded to, Mr. Stokes gaining especial favors for his response on behalf of the ladies. The toast of the bride's mother, proposed by Mr. Manning, responded to by Mr. Logan, bore testimony to the high esteem in which Mrs. Lincoln is held by her many friends. The handsome, costly and numerous wedding gifts also revealed the popularity of the happy pair. The newly-wedded couple left for Katoomba, where the honeymoon will be spent, the bride travelling in a blue crepe de chene with Bulgarian trimmings, Tuscan hat, with floral ribbon and roses.[22]

Warden and wife give performances on violin & piano at Narrabri West Patriotic Concert

Narrabri West Patriotic Concert. Last Friday night at the Oddfellows' Hall in the West, a splendidly organised concert in aid of the Patriotic Fund drew a packed house, and all items on the programme were thoroughly enjoyed. Mr. Thistle Logan, on his first appearance at the West, took the place by storm with "I want to be a soldier," and other patriotic songs, grave and gay. The celebrated Narrabri amateur trio, Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Warden and Mr. H. Logan, played delightful music on violin, piano and 'cello respectively, and the music lovers of the West greeted them very heartily. Mr. Howard made wonderful music out of a single-stringed instrument, of which the main portion was a kerosene tin. He was accompanied by Mr. Adnett on the violin and Mr. Hulbert on the cornet was in fine form. A squad of boys from the public school earned great praise by singing "The Narrabri Volunteers," and Master Bonnie Miller gave "The Sons of the Empire." "Taps," always a favorite, was sung with go and spirit by Mrs. Craig, who was assisted in the chorus by the Misses Duggan, Burke, Selfe, and O'Brien. Mr. Loudoun, in fine voice, delighted the audience with "Out on the Deep," and Mr. Hayes was equally successful with "The Sleeping Camp." Miss Partridge and Miss Nolan also recited and sang with good effect. The accompaniments throughout the evening were played by Mrs. R. Miller, Miss de Lepervanche, and Miss Grey, which is enough said as to the capability and efficiency of that department. Mr. R. Miller had charge of all the arrangements, and was helped by a strong committee. The hall was tastefully decorated with flags and an entirely successful concert realised between £12 and £15 for the patriotic fund of West Narrabri.[23]

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Warden and wife provide entertainment at Narrabri Red Cross presentation

Red Cross Presentations. At the School of Arts on Tuesday evening about thirty ladies, members of the Red Cross Society, Narrabri branch, met together for the purpose of presenting Dr. Park with a recognition of his services in giving lectures upon First Aid. In addition the ladies presented Mrs. A. Fraser, their secretary, who is soon leaving Narrabri, with an album containing their autographs. The presentations were carried out under the chairmanship of Mrs. M. Hardy. Dr. Park, in recognition of his labors, was given a clock that only requires winding annually, and Mrs. Hardy in presenting it on behalf of the ladies present, said that the gift had been selected on account of their knowledge of how busy the doctor was. Dr. Park, in reply, after expressing his gratitude, said that it had been his first essay in that particular form of lecturing, and he was not sure that he would have done it but that he had been practically commandeered for the purpose, by the energetic secretary, Mrs. Fraser. Mrs. Hardy, in presenting the album to Mrs. Fraser, expressed the appreciation of those present of that lady's energy and organising ability, and their regret at her imminent departure. An excellent musical and vocal entertainment was given. Among others assisting being Mrs. Black, Miss Jean Macdonald, Miss Tranter and Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Warden, while Mrs. Hardy spiritedly recited "The Lifeboat." Refreshments which had been contributed by those present, were served during the evening.[24]

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Annual meeting of Narrabri Presbyterian Church notes Warden as auditor, manages to barely mention the war in progress

Presbyterian Church Meeting. The annual general meeting of the Presbyterian Church was held on Monday night. There was a fair attendance. The business was to elect the office-bearers for the ensuing year. In the absence of Mr. J. Manning, Mr. Erskine read the secretary's report, which was confirmed. Rev. Sir, Ladies and Gentlemen,— For the year 1914 we have very much to be thankful for. The attendance at church has improved very much, especially is this noticeable since Mr. A. R. Erskine came to this charge. The congregation is to be congratulated on having secured the services of Mr. Erskine, and already things are looking brighter, especially at the Wee Waa end of the charge. In October we had our annual effort, known as the "Scotch Fair and Flower Show," and in spite of the threatened drought and war scare it was a success, since we cleared £64. A small amount of this was paid into the Manse Fund, and the balance to the general funds of the church. In November it was decided to buy a new sulky; this has been done. At the present time everything is in good order, and promises a year of record work. During the year there were four congregational and three committee meetings held, when the following members of committee attended the number of meetings set opposite their respective names:— J. Manning 8. H. Logan 7, J. J. Piper 7, H. M. Kidd 5, P. A. McAlister 5, W. Blair 3, J. R. Saunders 3, I. Black 3, R. Brown 2, C. C. Smith 2, W. J. C. Duncan 1, A. D. Glenn 0, Dr. Parke 0, Mr. Samuels 0, Mr. Ferguson 0, A. Brown 0. We have to record the death of Mr. Andrew Brown, one of our esteemed committee. He was a friend we all respected and admired for his sterling qualities. Mr. C. C. Smith resigned from the committee, and also from the position of superintendent of the Sabbath School. He has since left Narrabri for Orange, where it is hoped he will improve in health. Mr. I. Black was elected to fill the vacancy on the committee, and later to the position of superintendent of Sabbath School. We are pleased to be able to say that the Sabbath School appears to have very much improved in attendance during Mr. Black's term of office. Before closing this report we would again urge all members and adherents to attend the church regularly, as by so doing our church will become strong to "Fight the good fight." On behalf of the committee, JOHN MANNING, Hon. Secretary. The Treasurer (Mr. W. J. C. Duncan) read his report, which was confirmed. The following office-bearers were elected for the following year:— Secretary: Mr. C. C. Stewart. Treasurer: Mr. W. J. C. Duncan. Committee: Messrs. W. Blair, A. Brown, J. Cherry, P. A. McAlister, A. D. Glenn, J. J. Piper, J. B. Saunders, A. Samuels, James Cameron, I. B. Black, D. Egar, Dr. Park, J. Ferguson. Elders: Mr. H. Logan and Mr. J. Manning. Auditors: Mr. H. A. Warden and Mr. C. Headley. Organist: Miss Blair. Mr. J. Mannings's resignation from this position as secretary was received with regret. Mr. Manning has filled this position successfully for seven years, and has always worked hard for the interests of his church. Mr. Blair moved that a record of his services be placed on the minutes, and that a letter be also sent to Mr. Mannings telling of our appreciation of his past services. He was a most energetic and capable officer, and he (Mr. Blair) was sure the church would miss him. However, there was consolation in the fact that Mr. Manning would still be among them to advise their new secretary should any difficulty arise before him. Mr. J. B. Saunders seconded the motion, and thought it was the right thing to do. He did not think they would be able get a better man, and his services would be much missed. Mr. Erskine said that Mr. Manning had been a great help to him, as he was new to the town and district. His position of secretary had meant a lot of hard work during the last four years when the charge had been without a settled minister, and there had been work to do that no one knew of or realised. He was glad, however, that Mr. Manning would still be amongst them as a committee man. Mr. Erskine then introduced the Rev. J. Hannen, of Walgett. Mr. Hannen had known Mr. Erskine when they had both been at college, and he spoke of his sterling qualities. The church here represented a body of sturdy supporters to their faith, and they had a nice little church and manse. He was not so fortunately situated, as his church and manse had recently been destroyed by fire. His message to the church people was the message of God to Moses when he instructed him of the great work he had for him to do, "Certainly I will be with you." And he prayed for the blessing of God on the Presbyterian Church of Narrabri throughout the coming year. After the ringing of the Doxology, refreshments were handed round by the ladies, and the gathering broke up.[25]

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Birth Notice for Warden's daughter

BIRTHS. . . . WARDEN (Noeline Lincoln).— On June 8th, at Rothesay, Lloyd Street, Narrabri, to Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Warden — a daughter (Noeline Joan).[26]

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Warden and wife perform in the orchestra of a major production at the Narrabri Town Hall

THE CONCERT. The vast audience which packed the Town Hall had no idea of the excellent quality of the entertainment they were to witness that night. Hitherto local productions have been looked upon with a sort of misgiving, but it has now been proved that with practice our own local artists can produce a play that will eclipse many of the companies who occasionally visit our town. Many complimentary remarks have been heard concerning "The Garden Party of Mr. and Mrs. Persnaskus," and it must be very gratifying to the artists that their efforts have been so well received. Mr. W. M. Malone and Miss Lamb as Mr. and Mrs. Persnaskus, host and hostess, trying to acquire a footing in society, played their parts remarkably well, and their children, "The Triple Entente," H., C. and R. Wall, rendered "Gallipoli" in a very able manner. Mrs. Chugwater, Granny (Mrs. Clarke), looked every inch the part she had to play, and her recitation, "Socks," was very appropriate. Tony Broccoli, the butler (Mr. F. Palmer), caused much amusement announcing the guests with their humorous names, and it was rather rough on Mr. and Mrs. Persnaskus when he told Mrs. Snookins (Miss M. Purshouse) that instead of being a valet he was a green-grocer and only hired for the occasion. The opening chorus, "Soldiers in the Park," Miss Lamb soloist, was splendld, and fully merited the encore. Prior to "The Soldiers in the Park" being sung Private A. Saunders (our returned wounded hero of the Dardanelles) was introduced, and received with tremendous applause. Mrs. Cackler (Miss S. Doyle) and Mrs. Twiddleham (Miss D. Daniels) sang perfecty in their duet "Beyond." Mr. Smithers (Mr. C. Headley) in "The Sergeant of the Line." Mr. Cackler (Mr. V. Parkinson) in "The Silent Toast," Mr Dumdoodle (Mr. R. May) in "The Boys of the Old Brigade," and Mr. Huggermug (Mr. G. Malone) in "On the Shores of Italy," proved themselves songsters of no mean ability. Mrs. Twiddleham (Miss D. Daniel) sang "I'll Make a Man of You" splendidly, and was encored. Mr. Wiggles (Mr. P. A. McAlister) brought the house down with his recitation, "The New Line of Goods," and for an encore gave "Bravo!" Mr. Swookins (Mr. C. Reid) told some of his experiences in the United States (?). The chorus "Tell Me, Pretty Maiden" (from "Floradora") was excellent. Mr. Twiddleham (Mr. T. A. Lennie), "When Father Laid the Carpet on the Stairs," Mr. Maglanterpipe (Mr. J. Wall). "Look at Me, Now," and Mr. Smythe (Mr. F. Wooden), "The Animals," three comic songs, were well rendered. Mr. Smythe, the German, had a rough time of it in the chorus "Sons of the Sea." Mr. Muggins (Mr. B. Saunders, soloist), Mrs. Smithers (Miss V. Palmer), Mrs. Snookims (Miss M. Pursehouse), Mrs. Muggins (Miss P. Manning), Mrs. Maglanterpipe (Mrs. M. Hill), Mrs. Dumdoodle (Miss I. Palmer), Miss Churnside (Miss M. Warne), Miss Shuffle (Miss B. Lewis), and the Constable (Mr. A. D. Barker) played their parts very well. The libretto was written by Mr. Clem. Reid, and the way he introduced local items of a humorous nature shows that he is possessed with ability such as one would find in actor-authors. The scenery arrangements were in the capable hands of Mr. Fred Palmer, and the manner in which he transformed the stage into the perfect picture it looked is astonishing, everything looked so natural. Pine trees, lattice work, picket fences, and an abundance of artificial flowers were used in the decorations. The furnishings were loaned by Mr. H. Logan, and the electric light installed by Mr. Alan Mills, of the Narrabri Electric Light Company. Delightful music was rendered by the orchestra, consisting of the following members:— Piano, Mrs. H. A. Warden; violins, Miss Wallrabe, and Messrs. H. A. Warden, L. O. Morath, F. Hannaford, G. Hamey, D. Eager, and G. Swinburne; cornet, Mr. G. Knight; cello, Mr. H. Logan. A comedietta, "For Papa's Sake," was ably played by Miss Lamb as Mrs. Harry Matthews, Mr. Harry Matthews (Mr. Clem. Reid), Colonel Best (Mr. P. A. McAlister, the father-in-law), Tozer (Mr. C. C. Stewart, as butler), and Susette (Miss V. Palmer, the maid). Thus ended the finest performance ever staged in Narrabri by local talent. At the close of the first half Mr. Hanson, accompanied by five charming ladies, announced the result of the day as well over the £1,600 mark. He had made arrangements with the young ladies to sell a bona fide kiss, and immediately proceeded to business. The first kiss was bought by Mr. Wilshire for 10/, and he went on the stage to receive value, but had to stand aside awhile. The next kiss was sold to Mr. C. Merry at the same figure. He was bashful, and told the auctioneer "to put it up again." No bids were received for the remaining three kisses — why it is hard to understand, unless it was that the married men were afraid of their wives, and the single chaps not wanting to arouse the jealousies of their young lady friends. However, they need not have been afraid, as the kisses turned out to be bona fide Henderson's kisses of gigantic size, much to the amusement of the audience.[27]

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Warden and wife play in the orchestra of a Narrabri revue

Beware of the Bomb. Last night a crowded and appreciative audience greeted the production of the new revue, entitled "Beware of the Bomb," at the Town Hall, in aid of the funds of the Red Cross Society. A revue is a comparatively new form of amusement, which has taken on in England and America, allowing for the introduction of various current topics. "Beware of the Bomb" is from the pen of Mr. Clement Villiers Reid, with whose productions Narrabri in now familiar, and, needless to say, judging by the roars of laughter and rounds of applause with which the various scenes were received, this will compare favorably with past productions. The opening scene at the local railway station whilst awaiting the arrival of the train was well received. Mr. A. L. Barker gave an amusing impersonation of a policeman fast asleep, whom nothing seemed to awake, not even the playing of two-up by Messrs. W. M. Malone and F. Woodin, rival jehus, nor the selling of flowers by Miss D. Foxe on behalf of the Red Cross. In this scene Mr. P. A. McAlister, as a Cook's guide, Mr. R. Campbell as a camp orderly, and the Misses Lamb, Daniel, B. D. Lamb, B. Hayward, and V. Palmer were good as citizens, especially in their satirical remarks on local events associated with the railway management. Miss V. Palmer was good in the overpowering emotion displayed as the familiar scene brought up the vivid recollection of the last occasion on which she visited the station. The arrival ot Narrabri was humorously portrayed, especially the struggle between the rival cabmen for passengers and luggage. In this scene Mr. W. M. Malone sang very effectively "My Beloved Queen," and the chorus, "Follow the Man from Cook's," by the company was excellently rendered. Scene II., "Seeing the Sights," was characterised by humor and satire. As a Cook's guide Mr. P. A. McAlister was all that could be desired. Some of the local scenes were described in such a manner as made many wonder why they never saw these beauties before. The description of the telephone exchange, or home of the sleeping beauties, Collins Park, the site of proposed electric light works, the future fire brigade station, and other items of interest fairly convulsed the audience. In this scene Miss B. Hayward sang "Little Grey Home in the West" in such a manner that the audience hailed her as a decided acquisition to the musical ranks of Narrabri. The chorus, "The Sandow Girl," and the song and chorus, "To Manly," by Miss D. Foxe met with pleasing receptions. Scene III. "The Pilliga Express" was considered as the gem of the revue. As the guard, Mr. C. Villiers-Reid gave a finished character study. A man who apparently has grown old in the service, standing on the dignity of his office, obsequious to first-class passengers from whom a likely tip would be forthcoming, stern to rudeness with the second-class, a man who knew the science of the service from the carriage cleaner to chief commissioner, as well as the local scenery and events. As a tourist Mr. F. Woodin gave an amusing study of a johnnie who came to see the Government experimental wheat farm and other sights, which the guard described as a mirage. Mr. P. A. McAlister, as a member of Parliament on a recruiting campaign, who refused a tip out of the extra expenses allowance was capital, whilst Mr. W. M. Malone made the most of his part as a passenger whose chief business seemed to be to correct the mispronunciations of the guard, and consequently nearly came to grief for "language." The Misses M. Lamb, D. Foxe, and I. Palmer also gave a good account of themselves in their respective parts. The dialogue in this scene was crisp, the humor sparkling, and the topical allusions striking, causing much merriment, especially the reference to the collision and Black's swimming pond. The singing of the chorus, "The Midnight Choo Choo," added considerably to the situation. "Bushed" in the heart of Pilliga caused considerable mirth. The sight of the city residents searching for tracks in the scrub with magnifying glasses added to the ludicrousness of the scene. The rendering of the goose step by Mr. F. Woodin, and "Something Seems a Tingle-ingling," by Miss M. Lamb, merited hearty applause. In this act "The Movies," in three scenes, met with a good reception. Outside the picture show Messrs. F. Woodin and W. M. Malone, as rival showmen, were good. Inside the show was a clever study depicting the various moods of an audience as they watchted the screen, whilst a dumb show picture on the screen was also well depicted. Miss Daniel rendered "The Rose of Life" sweetly and with fine effect. Act III. "The Spotted Orchestra" was a clover parody on Conan Doyle's "Speckled Band." The scene was laid in the rooms of Sherlock Holmes. The part of the great detective was played by Mr. P. A. McAlister, who gave it a very realistic interpretation. Mr. W. M. Malone played the part of Dr. Watson with that mock seriousness that the occasion called forth. Mr. A. H. Flynn played the part of Billy in an excellent manner, displaying the latent humor of the character, and received rounds of applause for his singing of "If I were King." The minor parts by Mr. R. Miller as Ebenezer Cruickshanks, Mr. R. Campbell as a client, Miss M. Pursehouse as a collector, and Mr. W. J. Newbery as the mysterious one, discharged their respective duties well and faithfully. They each sought the assistance of the great detective on some loss or misadventure which had befallen them, except the mysterious one, who, describing himself as Monte Luke, of "Splashes Weekly," who came to take a photograph, and left Holmes and Watson in a fixed attitude gaging at a cobweb whilst he mysteriously disappeared. They gave the detective an opportunity of solving tangled mysteries, culminating in his wonderful discovery that the band of men who carried strange parcels into No. 13 Doyle-street and made weird noises was not the gang of the Black Hand, but the Narrabri orchestra, which he spotted. The Misses Hayward and H. Pearson, and Messrs. J. Hay, A. E. Woollet, C. Trist, and R. Miller, in addition to the others named above, rendered valuable service as passengers and tourists, as well as in the work of the choruses. The programme concluded with a sparkling comedietta by Mr. Clement Villiers-Reid, entitled "The Wrong Card, or the Missing Plate," and which by special arrangement he was able to stage on this occasion. The scene was laid in the grounds of the White Horse Inn, the proprietor of which had the misfortune to have had a robbery of his silver plate. His confusion of a guest with a detective of Scotland Yard, the exchange of cards between two guests who are to fight a duel, the exchange of names between two young ladies in order that one of them may test whether her strange affinity loved her for herself or her fortune, and the giving of the wrong cards by these gentlemen accidentally to the said ladies lead to many amusing complications. As the innkeeper Mr. R. Miller gave a quiet, dreamy, unsuspicious rendering, which was well received. As Cuthbert Melrose, Mr. Clement Villiers-Reid was humorus and vivacious, and displayed sangfroid throughout, whilst Mr. C. Trist gave quite an amusing representation of the dude who fell in love with every fair damself and believed his love must be reciprocated. As the detective Mr. J. Hay was seen to good advantage, but unfortunately his deductions proved incorrect. As Daphne Carter, Miss Lamb gave a good conception of the part, and displayed coyness in exchanging names with her friend for the time-being, whilst Miss D. Foxe as Gladys Chapman gave a very acceptable rendition of the part. During this scene Miss Lamb sang the "Bubble" song. The chorus rendered "It's a Bomb," and the full company gave the "Rogue of Spring." The full chorus and operatic excerpts were accompanied by the following hon. orchestration:— Piano, Mrs. H. A. Warden; violins, Miss Wallrabe, Mrs. Madsen, Messrs. R. Blackett, L. O. Morath, H. A. Warden, F. Hannaford, G. Hamey, G. Swinbourne; cornet, Mr. G. Knight; 'cello, Mr. H. Logan. Mr. W. M. Malone acted as hon. conductor. The music rendered as above and during the intervals by the orchestra was much appreciated. Mr. Dale, on behalf of the Red Cross, moved a hearty vote of thanks to the author, Mr. Clement Villiers-Reid, for his clever and capable production, and then led him on to the stage, where the public loudly cheered and applauded him. Mr. Dale further thanked the ladies and gentlemen who assisted in making the performance a brilliant success, also the members of the orchestra for their delightful music and valuable help. Mr. C. Villiers-Reid, in returning thanks, said he appreciated the kindly words of Mr. Dale, and the applause of the audience, but assured them that any success which had attained to the production was mainly due to the exertions of the entire company, the orchestra, and scene shifters.[28]

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Warden and wife play in the orchestra at a function for WW1 recruits

Smoke Concert. On Monday evening last the Recruiting Association, in conjunction with the public of Narrabri, tendered a welcome to the Kurrajongs, who the previous week arrived in camp from Inverell and the intervening towns. In the earlier part of the evening they were present at a varied programme in the Narrabri Picture Palace, kindly loaned for the occasion by the proprietors. Prior to the commencement of the programme, the Narrabri band played selections in front of the house. The chair was occupied by the Rev. Canon Villiers-Reid, who, in the name of the Recruiting Association and the people of Narrabri, welcomed the band of men to their midst. He trusted that their stay among them would be pleasant, and that when they finally reached the scene of their destination they would acquit themselves as worthily as their comrades who had gone before, and uphold the name and fame of fair Australia. The orchestra, which consisted of the following performers: Piano, Mrs. H. A. Warden; 1st violins, H. A. Warden, G. Blackett, Mrs. Madison; 2nd violins, Mr. G. Hamey, Mr. F. Hannaford; 'cello, Mr. H. Logan; cornet, Mr. P. Knight, rendered in an excellent manner, "Girl of the Orient." The Misses Rita Loughrey and Madge Minty executed a dance in Scottish costume, and at its conclusion received rounds of applause. A duet, "Flow on Thou Shining River," was rendered by the Misses Doyle and Daniels, in which both singers were heard to advantage. Mr. P. A. McAllister received an ovation of a demonstrative character for his fine rendering of the recitation, "Bravo." Miss Bloomfield received well-merited applause for her rendering of the well-known song, "Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond." Miss Daniels sang "The Lost Chord" in an effective manner, and a sword dance by Mrs. Nene Loughrey in costume was well executed and received. Mr. F. Woodin caused considerable amusement by his rendering of the comic song, "If I were King," and met with marked appreciation, whilst Mr. Flynn scored a good meed of applause for "The Veteran's Song." The programme was interspersed with the exhibition of pictures, when the following were screened:— Gazette of current events, "Jack's Pals," "The Bomb Boy," and "By Fair Means or Foul." During the display of the various films the orchestra rendered several selections. At the conclusion of the programme Mr. H. L. Walker, on behalf of the Recruiting Association, proposed a hearty vote of thanks to all concerned in making the evening an exceedingly enjoyable one; to the management of the Picture Palace for foregoing their own programme and placing the building at the committee's disposal; to Mr. H. A. Warden and those associated with him for the musical portion; to Mr. Henry Logan for the loan of tables and linoleum, and also for his personal supervision of same; to Mr. Clement Villiers-Reid for arrangements of the refreshments; and the ladies, coupled with the name of Mrs. Palmer, for their arduous work in bringing the same to such a successful issue. After the concert the 200 odd recruits, under Lieutenant Smith, were marched over to the Town Hall, where a committee of ladies under the direction of Mrs. Palmer, had five long tables, heavily ladened with good things, in position for the men to sit down at. After the men had made a fairly good showing, as far as the edibles and drinkables were concerned, Captain Dr. Barton extended to the Kurrajongs and other recruits a hearty welcome on behalf of the Recruiting Association. He hoped they would spend a pleasant time during their stay in Narrabri, and that the instruction they received would be profitable. He asked them to drink the health of "The King." Later on in the evening the Rev. Canon Reid, on behalf of the townspeople, said that he had been asked to extend a welcome to the Kurrajongs and recruits. He trusted their stay in Narrabri had been profitable. We are at war with a brutal and savage nation, whom we had looked upon as cultured, Christian, and peace-loving. Instead of that she had been preparing for this brutal war for 40 years. Britain was fighting for honor, and shall live and not die. You men are going forth to fight for the King and your country, and if England goes down Australia will go down also. Should England go down she would go down doing her duty in the name of the King you go forth, and wherever you go none will have a warmer heart for you than the people of Narrabri. He wished them a speedy voyage and a safe return, crowned with victory. Mr. H. L. Walker thanked the recruits on behalf of the Recruiting Association and ladies. Anything the ladies had done had been a labor of love. He asked for cheers for the boys at the front and the ladies, coupled with the name of Mrs. Palmer. Lieut. Smith thanked the ladies and Recruiting Association for the splendid reception they had given the boys. He had been at the camp four months, and had spent a happy time. He asked the boys to give three cheers for the ladies and Recruiting Association. During the evening, at the concert and banquet, cigarettes and cigars were handed to each recruit, and the following ladies assisted at the Town Hall function:— Mesdames Palmer, Barton, Byrnes, Meeson, Wyatt, Minty, Lamb, Crutcher, Manning, Prendergast, Glenn, Barnett, Hanson, Campbell, Merry, Madam Wallrabbe, and De Lepervanche; Misses Palmer (3), Hanson (2), McDonald, Lamb, Barnett (2), Harward (2), Greedy, McPherson (2), De Lepervanche, Prendergast; Mr. Lamb, Debenham, and Barker. The door receipts totalled £15/1/6, which is not quite enough to pay for the function. The secretary, Mr. H. L. Walker, will be pleased to accept further donations.[29]

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Warden attends annual meeting of the Narrabri-Wee Waa Presbyterian Church, as auditor

NARRABRI-WEE WAA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. The annual congregational meeting was held in the church on the 14th inst., Mr. A. B. Erskine presiding. Minutes of last meeting read and adopted on the motion of Messrs. Piper and Cameron. The secretary's annual report was read, which showed that steady progress had been made during the year, both financially and numerically. The treasurer's report was also read and found to be very satisfactory, showing that in spite of the many calls on the congregation for war purposes the church had not been forgotten, the income for Narrabri being: Balance in banks, 1st January, 1915. £55/1/; sustentation fund, £105/5/; church collections, £113/10/7; other centres, exclusive; of Wee Waa, £10 19/6 — £284/16/1. Income for Wee Waa: Balance in bank, 1st January, 1915, £50/4/2; sustentation fund, £55/3/2; church collections, £21/10/10; grand total, £411 /14/3. Expenditure: To Mr. Erskine, stipend, £168; to Commercial Bank, manse fund account £81/13/3: sundries, £145/13/9; balance in bank, 31st December, 1915, £16/5/3 — £411/14/3. Superintendent of Sabbath school report showed that there were 45 scholars on the roll, with an average attendance of 30. This was considered very satisfactory. Election of officers: Mr. J. Manning as hon. secretary, Mr. Athol Head as hon. treasurer. The retiring committee of management was re-elected, with the addition of Mr. A. Head and Mr. G. Eaves. Organist, Mr. Athol Head; sustentation fund collectors, Mrs. W. Thorley and Mrs. W. Campbell; auditor, Mr. H. A. Warden. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded by acclamation to all retiring officers. During the evening a solo was very nicely rendered by Miss Heywood, and refreshments served by the ladies of the congregation. The pronouncement of the benediction brought a very successful meeting to a close.[30]

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Warden's wife in the orchestra for a patriotic entertainment at Narrabri, Warden no doubt also involved

Grand Coronation Ceremonial. BRILLIANT SPECTACULAR DISPLAY. Enthusiastically Received by a Large Audience. The crowning of the Queen elect, Mrs. Robert Shields, of Edgeroi, on Friday evening, in the Town Hall, brought to a successful climax the Narrabri Allies' Day effort in the presence of a large and enthusiastic audience. The stage was handsomely draped, the arrangements being quite unique. In the centre a dais was erected on which was placed the coronation chair. The setting reflects great credit on the Committee responsible for its completion, which consisted of Messrs Henry Logan, A. J. Hulbert, and Clement Villiers-Reid. The proceedings were opened by an overture by the orchestra, followed by a fanfare by the trumpeters. The herald then entered, which was the signal for another fanfare. The herald then made the proclamation of the Queen Elect in these words:— "It having been decreed by the people that a Queen shall reign over them, the fairest ladies in the land were approached that they should come before the people and allow it to be decided by a great vote as to who should be chosen, and by these present it is now proclaimed that Mrs Robert Shields has been appointed to reign over the district, for by the will of populace has it been decided. Our Queen is a great Queen, take heed then, and make obeisance to Her Majesty. Let the ceremony of coronation now proceed. Long Live the Queen." Then came the Grand Entrance. The Archbishop in full canonicals, followed by two pages carrying the crown and sceptre on cushion. Peers of the realm. Senior Cadets, the Queen of the day, followed by the train bearers, and maids of honor. The herald announced the Queen to the throne, and then announced and placed around the throne the maids of honor. The announcement of the Queen Elect and the maids of honor was the signal for long and prolonged cheers and applause from the audience. This done, Miss B. Hayward rendered very finely the song:— "The Land of Hope and Glory," whilst a trained choir under the baton of Mr. Reginald Campbell took up the chorus. This was followed by a fanfare by the trumpeters. The herald then delivered the ensuing authorisation to crown:— "Inasmuch as the time has now arrived when she, whom you have chosen to wear the crown, shall become invested with the symbol of power, ye good citizen and loyal subject. The Archbishop will now obey the will of the people." After a fanfare the Archbishop made the following speech, and then placed the crown on the Queen's head, which was the occasion of a great ovation:— Hail, O Queen. Thou who are chosen by the people to be before all others at this time and art exalted above all, to thee we pay our humble and dutiful homage. For it is remembered that because of thy action, and the actions of thy comely maids, and also the actions of those other good ladies who came to assist those who suffer through the ravages of war, homage for thyself, and also O Queen through thee to those others who were willing instruments in the great and noble cause. In this fair, beautiful and sunny land we know not the roar of the canons of war, we realise not the slaughter and suffering of humanity as they know it in the lands of our allied peoples; our perception of the horrors of the great war is dimmed by distance, and because of these things thy people are giving of their fulness to those who are for the time, downtrodden and afflicted. When the arrogant ambition of the Hun upset the peace of the world, it was not accomplished according to the customs and usages of battle, but by Satanic and devilish devices. And today, through the medium of the Hun's unutterable cruelties, hunger and want prevail in the lands of innocent people. Therefore, it is right and just, and in accordance with the dictates of Providence and humanity, that we, a free and unfettered people, shall at this time give of our abundance, that the suffering in Northern France, Servia, Montenegro, and Poland, might be lightened. The cry of the little people shall not come to us in vain. We give to them, O Queen, not in charity, but in the order of right and duty, and with a full realisation of their claim upon us. We rejoice at the liberal response which your people made on the Day of Empire for the alleviation of distress and suffering among the peoples of our brave Allies, and we desire that your most gracious majesty will command your dutiful subjects to continue their noble deeds of charity in the cause of patriotism, until victory shall crown our nation's efforts. And now, O Queen, without more ado, I place on thy head this crown as a symbol that thou art the chosen of the people, to rule over them in justice and mercy and truth, and into thy hand I pass the sceptre, as a symbol of power, yours to command and ours to obey." The Choir then rendered the National Anthems of the Allies, the vast audience standing. After another fanfare the herald read the speech from the throne:— Those are words of our Sovereign Lady, the Queen of the Day:— Your Grace, my Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen, this Night I am overwhelmed by the greatness which, has been thrust upon me. When the people voiced their desire to choose from amongst themselves, one to reign over them, it was then decreed that I should submit myself for the honor, and now that the responsibility of reigning over the joyous throng has fallen on me, I will endeavor to maintain to the uttermost the dignity, and also the traditions, associated with the exalted position to which I find myself elevated. Know, then, my people, that the words spoken by His Grace, the Archbishop, concerning the object of our celebration are indeed true, and it is in my heart to command, that whereas ye may have already contributed to the worthy cause of alleviating distress in the lands of the Allied peoples, yet more must be given and this is my royal command. Every penny so bestowed will assist a noble cause, and in giving freely and abundantly, you will be greatly blessed. This do I command you. For as you have honored me and placed me at this time, above all others, so would I also honor those whose efforts have been tireless and unremitting in the good cause." Several trusty and well-beloved citizens were then duly honored. The Choir then rendered in a very acceptable manner the full chorus, "And All the People Rejoiced." The singing of the National Anthem, God Save the King, brought the ceremonial to a conclusion. The orchestra then played the Grand Dispersal March as the various performers made their exit. As Queen of the Day, Mrs Robert Shields was impressive and dignified, and looked every inch a Queen. The maids of honor, Mrs Campbell, Miss M. Pursehouse, and Miss Clarice Smith, discharged their duties in a becoming manner. As Peers of the Realm in their emerald robes, and coronets, Messrs G. S. E. Dale, A. J. Hulbert, R. S. Kay-Cooper and E. O. Hanson, did their part well and added to the effective grouping. As trumpeters, Messrs. P. Hulbert, and T. Campbell, filled the roles to a nicety. The Misses Kathleen Orman and Nellie McMullen as trainbearers, and Annie Wall, and Marjorie McHaffie as pages, contributed their mead to the success of the proceedings. The main work of the coronation devolved upon Messrs Clement Villiers-Reid, and P. A. McAlister, as Herald and Archbishop, respectively. As the Herald, Mr. Clement Villiers-Reid delivered the various speeches with telling effect, and marked elocutionary ability; and added to the character a gentleness and grace, his bearing throughout being most debonair. As the Archbishop, Mr P. A. McAlister carried himself with a dignity and impressiveness becoming such an exalted personage. Whilst his delivery of the speech preparatory to the crowning was excellent. In addition to the overture and Grand Dispersal March, the Anthems, songs, and choruses were accompanied by the following orchestration:— Piano, Mrs H. A. Warden; violins, Miss N. Wallrabe, Mrs Madsen, Messrs L. O. Morath, F. C. Brissett, G. Hamey; 'Cello, Mr. H. Logan. The following ladies and gentlemen comprised the trained choir, which so effectively rendered the various items:— Mesdames Campbell, Cherry Aldis, the Misses Hayward (2), Curry, Palmer, Orr, Kendall, Manning, Foxe, Ryeland, and Summerlie, and Messrs. Flynn Piper, Cobley, Blackshaw, Headley, Woodin and Cameron. The rendering of the various numbers reflects great credit on the painstaking conductor, Mr. Reginald Campbell. The gorgeous and correct costumes which lent a charm to the scene were supplied by the Buttonhole Company, Sydney. Too much praise cannot be bestowed on the hon. secretaries, Messrs. P. A. McAlister and Clement Villiers-Reid for the enormous work which they put into the whole movement in order to bring it to the successful issue it reached. In addition to attending to the multitudinous duties incidental to the main display on Empire Day, and giving practical effect to the various Committees, they had also the brunt of the work in connection with the entertainment on the Allies Day night, and the work preparatory to the actual coronation. At times their labors extended into the small hours of the morning. They gave of their best unstintingly, and have therefore laid the community under a debt of gratitude to them for the splendid success which have crowned their labors. In writing this we by no means detract from the labors of the large band of willing workers, who also materially contributed to the success of the movement as a whole.[31]

Warden and wife in orchestra for another patriotic entertainment

War Chest Fund Entertainment. At the Town Hall last evening, the residents of Narrabri once more demonstrated their loyalty and patriotism when over 200 persons braved the cold and showery weather conditions to be present at what may be termed a most successful and enjoyable function. The Hall had been prepared for dancing, and the stage accommodated the greater portion of the assemblage but during the dancing most of the stage chairs got cold because everybody present entered into the good fellowship that pervaded the evening and nearly everybody present danced. Musical and vocal items were tactfully introduced between the dances and the whole jolly evening was kept running as smoothly as a ribbon, till the electric light station indicated midnight. A rush for coats and wraps of both genders terminated a very happy evening. Mrs Park and Mrs Palmer undertook the direction and supervision of the commisariat, and an army of lieutenants distributed to the gathering a plentiful supply of comforting refreshments. Dr. Park as chairman of the Executive was present throughout the evening and officially announced the result of the tenders for the first War Chest Button, the successful tenderer being Mr. Wm. Maxwell, of Mountain View, Narrabri, who generously sent along £10 10s. The announcement of this fine contribution was received with cheers and acclamation. Items which contributed largely to the success of the evening included the bright and humorous string trio played by Mrs H. A. Warden (piano), Mr H. A. Warden (violin), and Mr H. Logan (cello). A male duet by Messrs Campbell and Cameron was finely sung, and merited the encore vigorously demanded. Mrs Aldiss sang charmingly and responded to the request for more, with the humorous ballad. "I Couldn't Very Well Say No." Later in the evening Mrs Aldiss gave in annimated style a stirring recitation which was loudly applauded. Another elocutionary pleasure was delivered by Mr Beatley, a visitor, who vividly portrayed the emotions caused by the pianoforte playing of a Master musician, whose appearance and physical condition gave no indication of the rich soul of music with which he thrilled and awed his amazed audience in a public auction mart on an old worn piano. Falling forward at the finale over the keyboard of the instrument the wandering minstrel expires, and so the recitation ends in breathless appreciation and pity. Mr. Campbell sang very nicely and with finished phrasing the grand old Soldiers' song, "Mr. Old Shacko," and was loudly applauded. One of the choicest items of the evening which had to be repealed, was the military trio, "Private Michael Cassidy," sung and demonstrated by the masters Hartle, Rowland and Colin Wall, the intelligent sons of Mr and Mrs J. B. Wall. Those youngsters were fine and are going to be great performers if spared to reach mature years. Miss Doyle and Mr. W. Malone were associated in a duet, "Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms," which was very tastefully rendered and loudly applauded. Later in the evening Mr. Malone sang "Heroes of the Dardanelles," in his usual spirited style and was well received. Voluntary musicians for the dancing were Misses D. O'Donoghue, L. Smith, K. Wallrabe, and Messrs P. Jackson and W. M. Malone. The dancing ceremonies were capably attended to by Mr H. McCormack and W. Malone, and the fun was kept merrily moving from start to finish. Mr E. Guest as Secretary laid the foundation for the splendid function, and must be gratified that his plans bore such excellent results. Messrs Brisombe and Wheeler were also happily associated with the Executive and Mr W. Malone is to be complimented on his handling of the entertainment.[32]

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Warden performs violin solos at Narrabri Presbyterian Church social meeting

Quarterly Social. There was a fair attendance at the quarterly social held in the School of Arts in connection with the local Presbyterian Church. Mr. Erskine occupied the chair, and the business was conducted with charming sociality and pleasing dispatch. The principal business was an invitation to Mr Erskine to remain another 12 months in control of the charge. To this the chairman acceded, but pointed out that he had intended to seek fresh fields and pastures now. He complained of small congregations, and expressed the hope that during his forthcoming term the attendance at devine worship would considerably improve. A resolution was then agreed to increasing Mr. Erskine's stipend by £26 per annum, and speeches, eulogistic to that gentleman's abilities and earnestness as a Christian teacher, were delivered. Refreshments were served by the ladies, and the appended vocal and instrumental programme was rendered during the evening, viz., Pianoforte solo Mr. A. Head, solo Miss B. Hayward, solo Mr R. Campbell, violin solo Mr. H. A. Warden, solo Mrs F. Alldis, solo Mr W. M. Malone, solo Mr. A. B. Erskine, vocal duet Mrs Alldis and Miss B. Hayward, solo Mr. H. Campbell, solo Miss B. Hayward, violin solo Mr H. A. Warden, solo Mr W. M. Malone, solo Mrs Alldis, Finale.[33]

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Warden and wife are foundation members of the Narrabri Musical Society

MUSICAL SOCIETY. At a meeting of musical enthusiasts held in the School of Arts last Monday evening, it was decided to form a Musical Society in Narrabri, and the following officers were elected:— Patron, Dr. A. J. Park; President, Mr J. J. Piper; Vice-President, Mr. E. Briscombe, Mr. L. O. Morath; Hon. Secretary, Mr. R. S. Cameron; Hon. Treasurer, Mr. A. E. Blackshaw; Conductor, Mr. H. P. Melville; Accompaniste, Mrs H. A. Warden; Librarians, the Misses Palmer. A strong committee was also elected, and the Society will hold its first practice on Monday, 12th instant, when instrumentalists and vocalists will be welcome in the School of Arts, at 8 p.m.[34]

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Warden is promoted to Inverell District School after 5½ years in Narrabri

Removed to Inverell. After a sojourn of 5½ years in Narrabri as first assistant teacher at the District School, Mr. H. A. Warden has been promoted to the Inverell District School and will leave for his new appointment at an early date. Mr. Warden has always proved himself a capable and efficient teacher and, although a disciplinarian, he possessed such a charming personality that all the pupils revered him. He was in charge of the Manual Training room attached to the school and his magnetism was so great that every boy was spurred to do his utmost. With such a healthy atmosphere of enthusiasm, the manual class made rapid strides, and the quality of work, executed by the boys exhibited at some of the local Agricultural Shows, excited much admiration. Mr. Warden also proved himself not only a good teacher, but an ingenious mechanic, and the wireless plant he erected at the school, prior to the outbreak of the war, gained much cudos for himself and honor for the town. The plant, which he made and erected himself, although only capable of dispatching messages a distance of 5 miles (that was the area for which the Government would only grant him a licence), was capable of receiving messages from all parts of Australia. On one occasion when Mr. Carmichael was Minister for Public Instruction, he sent a wireless from the Northern Territory, which Mr. Warden picked up. On another occasion, he caught a message from a local resident being sent from a coastal boat in the Australian Bight to the Manager of the Hotel Australia. The boys of the school took an absorbing interest in wireless operations, and Mr. Warden exerted himself to initiate them into its secrets. The children proved apt pupils, and before long small plants were erected all over the town. One more enterprising lad erected a plant at Eulah Creek, and regularly received messages to Mr. Warden. When the war broke out, the Government called in the plants. As a citizen, Mr. Warden was equally popular, and did his share in connection with all the public institution's in the town, being for some years the treasurer of the Literary institution. As musicians, both Mr and Mrs Warden were the mainstay of the town, and their influence has done much towards elevating the musical tone of Narrabri. Mr. Warden is a polished violinist, and Mrs Warden an accomplished pianiste, so their departure will be greatly deplored by all sections of the town especially by the members of the Presbyterian Church, of which religious body both were members.[35]

Sydney Daily Telegraph reports on Warden's promotion, as above

THE SCHOOLS. . . . FIRST ASSISTANTS. There have been a number of removals and appointments in the ranks, both of men and women first assistants:— Mr. T. E. Taylor goes from Granville to Parramatta (1); Mr. Thomas Redmond, from Delegate to Granville (1); Mr. F. Durie, from Frederickton to Botany (2); Mr. R. Anderson, Forbes (2) to West Wallsend (1); Mr. G. F. Noad, Inverell (2) to Kurri Kurri (1); Mr. H. A. Warden, Narrabri (3) to Inverell (2); Mr. E. J. Kehoe, Corowa (3) to Junee (3); Miss E. Swann, Auburn Infants' to West Maitland Infants' (1); Miss A. Cook, Cook's Hill Infants' to Arncliffe Infants (1); Miss E. Griffiths, West Maitland Infants' to Cook's Hill infants' (1); Miss R. Young, Cessnock Infants' to Marrickville Infants' (1); Miss K. Mason, Riverstone to Cessnock Infants' (1); Miss M. Ogg, Glen Innes G. to West Wallsend G. (1); Miss E. Beale, West Wallsend G. to Darlinghurst G. (1). [36]

Send off for Warden upon his transfer from Narrabri to Inverell

Send-off to Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Warden. Keen regret was expressed in Narrabri when it became generally known that Mr. and Mrs. Warden were about to leave us, yet loath as our people were to lose such good citizens, and excellent musicians, they rejoiced in the fact that their removal to Inverell spelt big advancement in his profession for Mr. Warden. Although the notice was very short, Mrs. W. M. Hardy and Mr. J. M. McGrath were determined that such popular residents should not leave the district without suitable recognition for the many services they had performed for the town and district during their sojourn in Narrabri of between five and six years. Hurried as the arrangements were for the valedictory social, it proved a distinct success. Between sixty and seventy persons, including many of our prominent citizens attended the School of Arts on Friday evening to do the guests honor, wish them bon voyage and prosperity in the new sphere of their labors. During the evening the Musical Society's orchestra and choir rendered several selections and choruses under the baton of the conductor (Mr. H. P. Melville), whilst vocal solos were rendered by Mrs F. W. Alldis, Miss H. B. Hayward, Mr. W. M. Malone, Mr. H. P. Melville, and a duet by Messrs Blackshaw and Cameron, whilst Mr. Warden executed a violin solo. Mr. J. McGrath, in bidding good bye to the guests, said they were all aware of the purpose that brought them together. It was to wish Mr. and Mrs. Warden good bye, and also express the keen regret which the citizens experienced at their departure. Mr. Warden was a native of the Clarence River. They were all good people who came from that district. He (the speaker) was also a Clarence native. During his sojourn in Narrabri, Mr. Warden had not only gained distinction as a school teacher, but his sterling services as a citizen and a musician had earned him the popularity of all. Mrs. Warden had been an able helpmate, and had also proved a power in the musical circles of the town. When they went to Inverell they would no doubt, find a much stronger and better musical society than Narrabri, at present possessed, but he felt sure that they would be able to hold their own no matter what status the Inverell Society occupied. As the function was organised hurriedly, it was not possible to make the guests a presentation that night, but a souvenir would be forwarded to them later. Mr. H. P. Melville, B.E., Principal of the District School, eulogised Mr. Warden as a teacher and said he deeply regretted losing such an excellent man. Mr. Warden, he felt sure, would not need any introduction to Inverell, as he was known all over Australia by the success of his wireless experiments. He endorsed the remarks of the previous speakers. Rev. Erskine spoke glowingly of the grand work Mr. and Mrs. Warden had performed in connection with the Presbyterian Church, and expressed the wish that they would be as useful to the church in Inverell as they had been in Narrabri. Refreshments were then served, and the rest of the evening was devoted to dancing. Mr. Warden left for Inverell on Saturday, but Mrs. Warden will remain in town until the end of the month.[37]

Warden an office bearer for the Narrabri Musical Society on the eve of his departure for Inverell

Narrabri Musical Society. HOSPITAL BENEFIT. OFFICE BEARERS:— Patron, Dr. A. J. Park; President, Mr. J. J. Piper; Vice-Presidents, Messers. L. O. Morath, and E. Briscombe; Conductor, Mr. H. P. Melville; At the Piano, (Vocal), Mrs. H. A. Warden; At the Piano (Orchestra); Mrs. W. Eather; Hon. Sec., Mr. R. S. Cameron; Hon. Treasurer, Mr. N. E. Blackshaw; Librarians, Misses Palmer; Committee, Mrs. F. W. Alldis, Misses E. Summerley, L. Kendall, A. O'Brien, S. Doyle, H. B. Hayward, Messrs G. E. Hamey, H. Logan, H. A. Warden, T. H. Swinburne. Narrabri Town Hall was well filled on Thursday evening last with a fashionable and critical audience, the occasion being the first concert of the opening season of the Narrabri Musical Society. The committee had wisely decided to devote the proceeds of the Society's initial efforts to charity, which, the poet saith "Softens soft white hands," and, undoubtedly, softens soft sweet voices. The stage was nicely arranged, and the rostrum and rails enclosing the orchestral stands, were draped and decorated with bunting. The concert had been well advertised, and, as Narrabri is famed for its musical abilities, the large audience paid its money not only fully satisfied that it was to hear a concert much above that of the ordinary amateur standard, but was assisting to swell the funds of the District Hospital. The opening item was an overture, "Waterfalls" (Greenwood), by the orchestra, which was interpreted with fine insight, and a good realisation of the composer's meaning, whilst the technique, time and tone were also to be commended. A chorus, "Hail Smiling Morn" (Spofforth), was nicely rendered by the choir. The parts were well balanced, the harmony sustained, and the conductor had his singers under such excellent control that they responded to each beat of his baton. This is somewhat unusual, when the majority of voices are composed of "raw" material. Mr. F. W. Alldis followed with a vocal solo, "Happy Song" (Del Rego), and was accorded a warm reception. Misses A. O'Brien and H. B. Hayward rendered a vocal duet, "Where My Caravan Has Rested"(Lohr), for which they were applauded. Mr. H. P. Melville rendered "Young Tom o' Devon," in fine style, his full round baritone voice being heard to advantage. Misses A. O'Brien, H. B. Hayward, Messrs N. E. Blackshaw and A. Frewin were given a very flattering reception for the vocal quartette, "Sleep Gentle Lady," (Bishop). The item was rendered with arduous but gentle pathes, and the perfect blending of the voices made the effort a very acceptable one, evoking an encore. The vocal duet, "The Battle Eve" (Bonheur), by Messrs N. E. Blackshaw and R. S. Cameron, was a fine effort, and greatly pleased the audience. The first part of the programme was brought to a conclusion by the choir who sang, "O Hush Thee, My Babie," (Sullivan). During the interval, Mr. P. J. Levy, President of the District Hospital, thanked the audience for their patronage and the performers for their efforts. He pointed out that the Society had only been recently formed, and in the present concert the members made their debut to the public. Under the circumstances the audience should not be too critical. The orchestra opened the second half with an overture, "Venetian Gondolier," (Voelker), which was executed with spirit. That beautiful composition of Pensuti, "The Sea Hath Its Pearls," was rendered by the choir, and although the composition is somewhat difficult, and presents many pitfalls to the tyro, the choir gave a good account of themselves. The gem of the evening was Miss H. B. Hayward's recitation of that well known song of Tosti — "Good Bye." Miss Hayward is gifted with a full round and exceptionally flexible and melodious contralto voice, which she uses without effort. Moreover, she is imbued with the artistic sensitiveness of a singer. This she proved in the splendid and pathetic interpretation she gave of the song. Throughout the rendition she became obvious of her surroundings, and lived and revered only in the beauty of the sentiment and the exquisite music of the song. She excelled herself and enthralled her audience, who woke from the spell to thunder her with applause. The gifted young singer kindly responded to the thunderous plaudits. Mrs F. W. Alldis and Miss Doyle gained a well-merited recall for their harmonious rendition, "Somewhere a Voice is Calling," (F. Tate), "The Grey North Sea," (Hewitt), was ably sung by Mr. H. P. Melville, who delighted his audience to such an extent that they would not be appeased until he contributed an encore number. He chose the "Admiral's Broom," and again earned the good will of his auditors. Mrs F. W. Alldis, Miss S. Doyle, Messrs N. E. Blackshaw and R. S. Cameron sang "Good Night! Good Night! Beloved (Pinsuti), arranged as a quartette. The voices of the singers blended nicely, and the item was rendered well. Messrs N. E. Blackshaw and R. S. Cameron rendered "Watchman, What of the Night," (Sergeant). This item they displayed to the full, the power, beauty, and control of their voices which intermingled with perfect harmony. The vocalists also demonstrated they have a knowledge of voice production and a firm control of their voices, "The Long Day Closes" (Sullivan), was the last concerted item on the programme, and the choir did itself proud in its rendition. The entertainment concluded with the singing of the National Anthem. Taken as a whole, the concert must be regarded as a success musically as well as financially, and the conductor, Mr. H. P. Melville, is deserving of warm congratulations for the porformance placed before the public on Thursday evening. The orchestra did splendidly, but this is accountable by the fact that the majority of the players are old hands. With more time, rehearsals and experience, the society will be able to hold its own with any in the North and North West. The opening concert shows that the Society has a claim on the public of Narrabri and district, and the "Courier" trusts it will not fail to recognise this claim.[38]

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Warden's wife also made a presentation by the Narrabri Musical Society prior to departure for Inverell

Good-Bye Mrs. Warden. Several members of the Narrabri Musical Society assembled in the School of Arts on Thursday evening to say good bye to Mrs H. A. Warden, who leaves shortly to join her husband in Inverell. Mrs Warden had acted as accompaniste to the Society, and her skilful performances and great knowledge of music was of great assistance to the members. Moreover, Mrs Warden is of a very amiable disposition and, consequently an immense favorite with all classes. Wishing to suitably recognise her great services, the society decided to make her a suitable presentation as an earnest token of its esteem, and during the evening the President (Mr. J. J. Piper), on behalf of the members, presented the guest with a beautiful pair of cut glass vases. Mr. H. Logan responded on behalf of the recipient. Musical items were contributed by Mrs F. W. Alldis, Misses Hayward, Doyle, O'Brien, Messrs Melville, W. M . Malone, J . J . Piper, Blackshaw. After supper dancing was indulged in until midnight.[39]

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Warden and wife both perform at Presbyterian Concert at Inverell

PRESBYTERIAN CONCERT. SPLENDID SUCCESS. The Scottish Fair closed on Friday night with a concert, which was as great a success artistically as the Fair had been financially. The hall was well filled, and the bright fancy costumes of fair vendors of sweets and the decorated proscenium gave a festal air to the proceedings. After an overture brilliantly executed by the orchestra, composed of Messrs. Baker, Girle, Taylor, and Brissett, the curtain lifted, and a very pretty scene — arranged by Mrs. J. Davidson — was presented, consisting of a bevy of dainty Japanese maidens. The central figure was Miss Sadler, who very sweetly sang the solo, after which the stage was filled by other Japanese ladies, who sang the chorus. The music was from a well-known comic opera, and the staging was effective, artistic, and pleasing. The pathetic and exacting "The Sands of Dee" received a very musicianly rendering from Mr. H. G. Stoyles, who was enabled to use his wide range of powers to great advantage. Mr. Scullen's recitations were very popular, especially his humorous items in the second half of the programme, in which he made decided hit. The fiddle solo, "Raff's Cavatina," by Mr. H. A. Warden, was again remarkable, for the quality of tone which this pleasing performer coaxed from his instrument. Miss M. Jackson's song, "Love's Echo," as the title suggests, contains a series of contrasts, requiring much skill from the singer, but she was entirely successful, and obliged to return. An unexpected musical treat was added to the programme by Miss Brenda Deloitte, who enraptured everyone with several delightful 'cello soli. The 'cello, to many the king of stringed instruments, is much too rarely heard in Inverell, and possibly Miss Deloitte's performances and her beautiful nuances may induce some of our musical youth to take an interest in this soulful instrument. Vocal quartettes are always acceptable, and the three items contributed were rendered with much precision, very fair balance, and were fully enjoyed. The tableaux, "Temptation and Minuet," were extremely pretty, and their reception must have been gratifying to the organisers after the enormous amount of work which had been necessary to compose these pictures. The characters in the scene representing the "Highland Home" were Miss L. Klona (old dame at spinning wheel), Mr. E. G. Benshire (old Highlander), a collie dog, Mr. Fergusson (piper), and Miss Marjory Scott, whose clever dancing compelled an encore. It was Miss Vera Roberts' first appearance on the Town Hall platform, and she was an immediate success. Possessing a charming mezzo-soprano voice of pure full quality, her songs were exceptionally enjoyable, even in a programme so full of good things. Careful study of detail and complete voice control were apparent, and concert-goers will look forward with pleasure to Miss Roberts' next appearance. Mr. Britz gave a couple of comics in his usual jovial manner, and caused much amusement. Special mention must be made of the very funny item arranged by Mrs. Davidson, entitled "Ten Little Nigger Boys." The disappearance and reappearance of the ten little black heads, through holes in a white sheet, which had been ruled like a line of music, created immense merriment, and the item had to be repeated. Some very useful work was well performed by the accompanists, who included Mesdames J. Davidson, Stoyles, Warden, Miss Poss Williams, and Mr. Baker. Messrs. H. A. Roberts, Girle, and Baker were indefatigable as organisers. The programme was as follows:— Overture, Orchestra; scene in Japanese garden (with solo and chorus); song, "The Sands of Dee," Mr. H. G. Stoyles; recitation, from "Tale of Two Cities," Mr. H. Scullen; violin solo, "Cavatina" (Raff), Mr. H. A. Warden; song, "Love's Echo," Miss M. Jackson; 'cello solo, Miss Brenda Deloitte; quartette, (a) "Oh' who will o'er the downs so free." (b) "Hail Smiling Morn," Misses Sadler and Jackson, Messrs. Stoyles and Britz; tableaux, (a) Temptation, (b) Minuet; overture, Orchestra; scene in a Highland home with pipes and dance; song, "I Don't Suppose," Miss V. Roberts; 'cello solo, Miss Brenda Deloitte; recitation, Mr. H. Scullen; action song, "Ten Little Nigger Boys"; song, Mr. A. Britz; quartette, "Good Night, Beloved," Misses Sadler and Jackson, Messrs. Stoyle and Britz; National Anthem. During the evening the Rev. T. F. Johnson thanked all concerned in making the Fair such a success, including the members of other churches and made an explanation justifying the holding of the Fair at the present time. The following result of competitions were announced: iced cake, won by Mr. A. F. Campbell; sheep (dressed), Peters and Co.; name of doll, Mollie Wiseman; lady's companion, R. C. Kimmorley; sweets in bottle, anonymous; sheep, A. F. Campbell; carved table, D. W. Swan; piano drape, Mrs. Bowling; pillow cases, Mrs. Whitfeld; camisole, Nurse Campbell; pillow shams, Mrs. Burge; cushion, Mr. Bucknell. It is anticpated that the final results will amount to over £600.[40]

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