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"BACK TO HAMILTON."

Enthusiastic Celebrations.

HAMILTON, Monday.?Homillon is in gaia mood, and extensive preparations have been made for the entertainment'of former residents who arc revisiting thc town. In- coming trains during the past week have carricil many ..visitors, but thc largest number arrived on Saturday night by special, train from Melbourne. Several hundred people travelled on thc train. Tim railway station was gaily decorated, and was crowded willi residents. There wiis a scene of wonderful enthusiasm when tlie train entered thc station. Bands played nnd the crowd sang "Home, Sweet Home." Thc visitors were welcomed by the mayor (Councillor J. G. Stewart) and thc presi- dent of tbe Dundas Shire Council. Two former mayors, Mr. Henry, ol" Oakleigh, and Mr. AV. Moore, of Ballarat, responded. Reunions were held al the churches, lodges, and picture theatres in thc cTening. The streets were decorated with hundreds of coloured electric lights. On Sunday nearly all* the pulpits were occupied by former ministers. Denn Tucker niliciateel at Christ Church, the Rev. J. Andrew Barber, tho only surviving former minister of thc Presbyterian'Church, preached at St. An- drew's, and the Rev. Mr. Kloe-kart and the Rev. A. Madsen presided at the Methodist services, , In thc afternoon a band recital was held in thc Botanical Gardens, and speeches were delivered by Councillor Stewart, Mr. While, M.L.G., Mr. Slater, M.L.A., Mr. McNeill, M.H.K., Mr. Moore, a former councillor, nnd the mayor of Port- land (Mr. L. Wyatt). Community singing Was held in the,Botanical Gardens in thc evening. ' ..,'

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