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The "Argus" says that on a rroent date, the students of the Melbourne University paid an unexpected vle : t to the exhibition to oelebr»te the close of the July term, and Indulged m some rather extraordinary antics, which although good-natured m their intention, were not altogether happy m their results. The visit, m fact, par look of the nature of a practical joka, but unfortunately It brought the students into collision with the police. Some damage was done to property-, and unless tba. police were dis ■ posed to look with a lenient eye on the vagaries of these young gentlemen, the magistrates may have to expound the law | upon the subjsot. The otudeatß, ia cap I and gown, to the number of about 200, arrived at the Nloholaon street entrance at about 8 o'olock, and presented themselves at the turnstiles. The majority of them paid for admission, but as their progress was obstructed by the attendant who was alarmed at their demonstrative behaviour, about 50 of them careless of oonsequenoes and determined to get m, jumped the barrier. They then formed m procession, the medical students leading with a bannar bearing the well-known emblem of skull and orossboneti To emphanlae the moral of the skull and crossbones, about 30 femur, or thigh bones, vouched for as hamtn, were oaaried by the youthful Galons. Then oirae the law .students and engineers carrying b»nne r s. Some of the students wera provided with musical Instruments, and as they marched through th*e ma hall JsinglDz they made a very imposing display. The exhibit'on was crowded at the time, and the suddon invasion of a host of demonstrative undergraduates caused great amusement to the spectators and some dismay among tho3e who were responsible for the preservation of order. In kindly consideration for Mr F. H. Oowen the Binging was discontinued when passing nnder the dome lv front of the concert hall, but wts resumed again when the Grand Avenue of Nations was retched. At the northern dome the procession diverged to the left, and passed along the main west avenue to the ornamental lake, where the students tcok possession of oae of the kiosks which was not m use. Here an uproarious oomedy was enastad An exhibition oantate, the oombined production of three students, was sung by Mr H FraccU, the whole of the company joining m the chorus.

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MELBOURNE STUDENTS AT THE EXHIBITION, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1988, 6 November 1888

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MELBOURNE STUDENTS AT THE EXHIBITION Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1988, 6 November 1888