Though tha ball whfoh to"k plane on Wednesday evening wan got op at very ihort notioe, only eleven days elapsing from tbe time of Us being deolded to hod the Maiionto ball to the time when the guasta bad assembled and were m the midst of their enjoyment, th«re was no evidence of harry In any of the pr.'parAtlona, indeed it was the antnimbnsly ex piessed opinion that tbe arrangjem hty were the most p?rfeot that Have been ac-~ ' compllsbed for any (similar gntherfnH h«ra. | Tie furniture which Freomasotio qbo m t> eir myaterioui aolomnites waa el-.her removed altogether or grouped so as to lend effect to the rearrangement of the Hall as a ball-room. The banners of <he different lodges and of several of the higher degrees were tastefully disposed npon tbe walls, and Chinese Unterna gave ati and relief (o the gas illumination, The flapper-room op-stairs was draped with fl»gs and fited as a card-room, bat saoh was the Interest In the dancing thit cards were negleoted, and the on'y occupants of the room w>re sbmo of tho visitors who came for a while to rest, an-J waichod the danoera m the Hall be'o*. Suppp.r wia served m a large raatqae, eraotad beside tho hall, 'a covered way betweon thorn kerplog oat old and drin^hta. Tha marquee was lighted with white and colored lamp*, and the taSlea w^re decorated with fairy llghfcr i 'nteraparaed nnung silver, crystal, fl >wora ' wtd frait, <he whole making quite an fffiottve spectaole, Moasra P&ttman, Soiiomet Hotel, and Ranger, oonfeotioner, were jointly responsible for the sapper and other refraahmanto, and everything waft most excellent and well served. To return to the ba'l room, the mus o oomprlslng of first and teoond violins and planr> f was onpp led by Messrs Fleming and Sodp, of Ohrlstcharch, and has never been excelled here. A great deal of the maalo was new and was m itself an attraction. The gueßts numbered over a hundred, ino'adidg visitors from Wellington, Ohrlitoharoh, Tlmara, Rakaia, nnd elsewhere, and a more fashionable gathering la not often seen In Ashbnrton. Mrs Crisp wore a very handaonn dress of white satin and pale p'nk. Mrs Oartis, " faded rose " silk was quUa a novelty, and original as well au eethetio. The dresses of Mlbb H. Sbury, ptnk, and Mlbb G, Shury, white, were very pretty and becoming. Miss Moe'lar, from Welling'on, looked oharmiog and attracted great i Mention m aityllah dresa of blaoknnt with salmon mo'ie* saah, The Mlaseo Morris worn very petty white dtfasas one of oorda-J silk and tho other net, Rllas S'roato, from Obrletahnrch, a very handarms drans of blaok and white satin. MUb Palalret a very beaomiag oostame of pale blue cashmere. Mloa Traaman'a whltJ liberty s'lk, relieved with tan, was another eff ,otlve dro.'a. Mrs Trevor looked well m a nice dreß* < f ptnk mol 6 and net. Mrs Honry Ztnder, a very handsome and much admired dress of block faille and la^e relieved with pink. Misee* Galnness ml Craig had stylish dresses of white (mm with crimson oortiflowert. Miss Moss a ooqu ;ttish oostamo of pink oaahmere Miss Maopherson looked charming m a very pretty drens of white nan's veiling with liberty ellk aasb, as nlao did Miss Ferguson m cherry satin with blaok skirt. Mrs Denshire and Mrs Seoretan wore very effective blaok dresses. Mrs R. Frledlander also wore blaok. Mirs Blnnie's blue silk and Mre Jephson'a blue cashmere were notioably pratty dresses. Mrs Pattmnn a handsome dress of blaok satin andiaoo; Miss Manning blaok tulle and heliotrope. Mrs Blssot, black and oilk hoe Mre Sanndoro, a very mush Admired dress of pink s Ik and net, and Mrs Fooks, black with white flowers ware pther attractive ooiitaraeß. Mrs Sparrow, black Bilk, and Mrs McGregm blnok silk with iceea were ► ffoMvo drcflßes. M(ss Cambridge white mua'ln with orlmson bows and sash. Among nthars present woro Meedameß M, M Fcicdlauder, Cambridge, Honooruhaoj, Mtckfty, Ranker, Rule »nd several otberß,
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