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JThe rinklng season Id Ashburton was appropriately brought to a close by a tfanep dress masquerade Mid carnival last evening, m the Oddfellows' Hall. The afiair was most succeaifnl,- a goodly tromber of skaters taming oat m fancy costame, while the seats that bad been •rranged foir spectators were well filled. The hill was nicely decora' ed, fl«gs enl jßTergreens jadlolouoly placed on tba walls, gfariog a rery pretty effect, and when the clofcars m their varied and brightly ctlered oostamei were on the fl >or, the eceae from the stage was g»y and sot2a%ted The proprietor had secured tbe gßrvloes of the Ashburton B^nd, who, at Jotenral* daring the srenlDg, played ■election* oi maslo, and eretA\f added to the enio^.^neot ot the occasion The number of ska^M appeared to be greater than at the carnlvM £e!d /some time ago, jmd the dresses were" more varied and .appeared to greater adva,?t*ge. The mo>3ey crowd of Italian*, Torks, aallors, footballers, and Celestials, who performed the wound of the floor, with a plentiful Intertnfogllng of ooatnmes of the last century, csade a rery pleasing epeotso'e. Thjre was, of coarse, a large proportion of the rlnbers In costnmes of the present day, bat their pretence did not In my wny detract from the tout ensemble. The following Are some of the obarAeters bnt the list is not by any mei^m complete, the informal nature of the caw****' 0 '? precladleg the ascertaining of the* co^ tomeß » lavo BOfl ' l oB were recognised h?» the ho *? ° f lt thß , halK Among the Ldle> »W the fo lowing ;^ Miss Cookson, houc^«»W ', J 11 " g rabb « Fair Girl Graduate ; ix7«* Mow, French Vivandlere ; Mrs Kagleto^- Harlequinade ; Miss Campbell, Oolumt^oe J »"" Elaton, Albanian Lady ; Miss Ada' Bjjtan, Forget-me-not ; Mrs Peonlngtos, "wlsa Waiting- maid ; Miss Plokford, Lavendb."< Crcntlemen — Mi Moss, Jack Sheppard ; Mr B. Curtis, footballer ; Mr G, Arthur, Sing Yon ; Mr Lowe, Sir Arthur Vernon ; Mr H, Curtis, Turk ; Mr B. Grubb, footballer ; Mr K. Zander, Japanese Knight ; Mr Bagletori. Old Man ; Mr R. Elston, Youth ; Mr T. foot Sir Frederick Vernon ; Master B. Homersham, sailor ; Master S. Homer aham, Italian ; Mr Felton, Lord Raglan ; Mr Prime, Major of last century ; Mr 0. Moss, the BailUni ; Mr G. Clark, Middy. The inevitable clown bad two representative!, who, by their antics, caused some diversion daring the evening. The Grand March was led by Mr and Miss Elston. Mr Elston has, daring the several mocths he has been In charge of the Rink ahoWQ an unceasing attention to the wants end comfort of his patrons, and he deeorveß to have reaped a good return for hU pains and oatlty. It is his intention, we nadorats^^J, to take a quantity of skates to Mount Bo&iqtb and other outlying districts shortly, m order to afford tfle Inhabitants of those places the gmaaement . of »n evening's rlnklng.

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FANCY DRESS CARNIVAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2006, 6 December 1888

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FANCY DRESS CARNIVAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2006, 6 December 1888