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Wellington Journal & Shrewsbury News, February 24, 1906

PRESENTATIONS.—A few of the friends of Mr. Raspass, mining engineer to the Madeley Wood Company met recently at the Anstice Memorial Institute, to tender him their best wishes on his departure from the town. Mr. Raspass has been appointed general manager of the Vista Bella Manjack Company, in the Island of Trinidad, and sailed on the following Saturday to take up the duties of his position. A capital dinner was served by Mr. W. E. Gallagher, Horse Shoes Hotel, presided over by Alderman F. G. Beddoes, Iron-Bridge. The toast of the evening, "Our Guest", was submitted in a highly eulpgistic speech by the chairman. who referred to the long period of years that Mr. Raspass had been the engineer of the company, and the constant endeavours which he had made for its prosperity, and also that of the town. Mr. Beddoes also referred to the interest which Mr. Raspass had taken in all forms of sport in the neighbourhood, and to his efforts on behalf of first-aid to the injured, and to ambulance work. The toast was received with great enthusiasm. Mr. T. W. Rowe

was called upon to present Mr. Raspass with a beautiful illuminated address, and a splendid case of cutlery for use in tropical climates. Mr. W. G. Dyas then presented Mr. Raspass, on behalf of the cricket club, with an old-fashioned silver tobacco box.—In reply, Mr. Raspass thanked the friends for their kindness and good fellowship, and said that while he was going to take up a more responsible and remunerative appointment, yet ho very much re-gretted the necessity of having to sever his connection with so many old and tried friends in Madeley.—Mr. Raspass, who was chief superintendent of the Iron-Bridge Corps St. John Ambulance brigade, was also presented with a handsome dress suit case as a token of the esteem in which he is held by the officers and men of the corps. The nursing sisters of the Madeley Division, Iron-Bridge Corps, gave to Mrs. Raspass a beautiful chased silver-back brush and comb as a token of love and remembrance from those with whom she had spent so many pleasant and profitable hours.

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