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july 4, 1912

W. R. Bond, general manager of the Mitford mines was in Cochrane on Wednesday bidding goodbye to some of his friends prior to his departure for England on a two months' trip.  We wish him a safe and pleasant voyage, and trust the privilege of welcoming both Mr. and Mts. Bond is not far distant.

Abut 500 beeves were shipped out of Cochrane last week, mostly for the coast.

Presentation to W. R. Bond, Manager at Mitford

     A meeting of the employees of Mitford mines took ,place on Tues., 2nd last, in the house of Mr. W. R. Bond, general manager on the occasion of his leaving Mitford on a trip to England.  j. Toward, master mechanic, occupied the chair, and in the course of his opening remarks, spoke of the amicable feelings which had always existed between Mr. Bond and the workmen, and also of the energetic manner in which he had identified himself with all the sports and games in which the workmen had engaged.  He then called on J. Russell, who spoke of the able manner in which Mr. Bond had performed his duties during the period he had been with them, and the invaluable assistance which he personally had received from Mr. Bond, who was always most willing to assist in any manner whatever with the carrying out of the development work connected with the mine.  He hoped that Mr. Bond would see his way to return to Mitford at an early date, as his absence would be keenly felt, and his return deeply longer for.  Mr. Bond had always been ready to share the work as well as the worry incidental to the development of the property, and no one would feel his absence more than he would himself.  He concluded by asking Mr. Bond to accept from the employees, as a token of the respect and esteem in which he was held, a very handsome gold albert and locket, and trusted that Mr. Bond would long be spared to wear it.  Mr. Bond returned thanks for the present, which came as a great surprise, and remarked that he appreciated it not only for its intrinsic value, but much more for the feeling which had shown itself in this tangible form.  Although he was at present unable to make any definite statement as to his return, he said that he desired nothing more than to be back again at Mitford as early as possible.

     A most enjoyable evening was afterwards spent with songs, recitations, etc., the meeting breaking up with "Auld Lang Syne" and "Will ye no come back again."

The Calgary Exhibition

     On Thursday a special train went from Cochrane to enable local people to take in the show, about 150 availing themselves of the opportunity.  In the District Exhibits Cochrane took third prize, Carstairs, 1st, and Lacombe 2nd.  A complete list of local winners will appear in the next issue.

Olympic Trials at Cochrane   

     Dominion Day in Cochrane was observed as a day of sport, especially for the children, and the arrangements as well as the manner in which those in charge carried out things met with the success they deserved.  A generous support was extended to the subscription list, enabling the committee to give a prize to every child present, and apart from the pleasure afforded the youngsters the grown-ups were thoroughly well entertained by the well-contested racing events.

     Some of the lads showed very good form both in running and jumping, the Calloway boys, young Raby and Billy Pitter, being the top-notchers.  In the high jump for men, E. Andison and F. Rennie tied at, some say, 5ft. 6in., others claim it was a few inches less than the boy's jump, at any rate it is safe to say they cleared 4ft.  In the (fat?) men's race Dr. Park was 1st, J. A. Campbell, 2nd, while W. J. Simpson, who came inthird, consoled himself with the knowledge that last year be hung up a record which no one can pull down.  A splendid exhibition of speed and endurance was given in the 100 yds for married men.  R. W. Webster came in 1st, G. Pitter, 2nd, whilst S. Chester, who came in third, showed championship form until he stumbled over G. Pitter's shadow, the others were outclassed entirely.

     After the sports all sat down to tea at the club house.  The Try Club provided ice cream and generally assisted in entertaining the children, and H. Staughton, with his usual weakness for helping along a good cause, earned the thanks of the committee for his assistance.

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