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In a book entitled " Kslpara," glvlog the experience of a settler m North New Z -aland, tbe following acoonnt appears of an up-country ball: — Aa the afternoon advanoed the guests began to arrive—some on horseback and some by boat, Tbey all brought their evening clothes with them, not In portmanteaox, but m flour bags. It Is most surprising to a new chum to see the -••Bi-oid uses to whioh fl >ur bags are put V- Resides usually taking the place * S " , -*>a&t*_aux. they are msde Into or Po«n- t^ p olotha, dusters, and someaprons, kite. , A teoaaei- {or boyi> Not times even inu .+ , th it ' Qn lo. g ago I met » la_ Jj „ _,__ one leg, printed In lark, . v\__ ,l_ ' tita _, •« Wood's silk dressed ;» an,* 00 "_ ~J «nl ••Lamb's Superfine." Almost ** Bt F™ bakes at heme lv the country, so -._ \ bags are very plentiful . . . "W-. tbe time arrived for donning our best clothes I was nshered into a huge barn standing close to the bouse, where several I washing basins, brushes and combs, looking glassbs, and other toilet necessaries had been placed In position on tbe tables •nd boxes. Between thirty and forty gentlemen, m various stages of dressing, were the.c. and jokes and repsrtee were being bandied about freely. . ; . . The settlers up here, and In the province of Auckland generally, are most enthusiastic abont danolng. Young and old, married and single, all delight In It, and no opportunity pf Indulging In a dance la ever neglected. Flirtation I bave never seen attempted, •nd conversation, Indeed, Is only sparsely carried on. It is In the danoing Itself that the enjoyment Is centred, and to It the •ttention of both ladies and gentlemen is almost wholly directed. An anxious ex- | pression is oftlmes observaoSe on the iscs ( of a male performer, as though his whole mind was concentrated In the effort to acquit himself well In the task before him; but though bis countenance depicts no pleasurable emotion, he doubtless enjoys himself Immensely. On the present occasion dancing was carried on with unrelaxed vigor until past midnight, when a move was made to the supper room. Tbe Inner man refreshed, 1 dancing was renewed, and day began to dawn before tbe party broke up. Tbe greater part of tbe ladles slept at the house, though some rode straight away after donning their riding habits. The gentlemen, about forty ln number, were accommodated In the barn with beds of soft bay and rugs. The ease with wbioh the ladles out here do without the paraphernalia considered m England as necessary m preparing for a ball struck me greatly at this my first colonial one. The dressing of ayouog lady at Home is a big affair, embracing an elaborate costume, au equally elaborate toilette, hairdressing, and goodne. s knows *»*(; all, and concluding generally with n ela-. l * or * te D ***» at nere a **** nt r . eM of musiu? <** »°' ne similar material, relieved with » » ttl » ribbon - and ha . lr ornamented with • flower or two, constitutes the full evening costume of a young lady. She looks quite ac nice a« her semi manufactured riva! m Bug and, and there is no prospect of a big bill for papa m the immediate future to mar ncr evening's amuß6ment, The gentlemen are equally . negligent. If they have drees olothes they put them on ; bnt if tbey have not, they appear m whatever cut of black ooat they happen to be tbe proprietors of, and enjoy themselves every bit as much as their swallow-tailed companions

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AN UP-COUNTRY BALL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2064, 15 February 1889

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AN UP-COUNTRY BALL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2064, 15 February 1889