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Mr J. C. Williamson's BioTableau.

Mr J. C. Williamson's marvellous BioTableau entertainment will be seen for the first time in the Oddfellows' Hall, Ashburton, to-morrow evening, when will be displayed what is said to be the most remarkable series of biographic representations ever presented to an Ashburton audience. The fliokeiing inevitably associated with displays of this character is said to have almost disappeared, and the maximum amount of clearness and detail is secured. A programme of entertaining diversity will be submitted, both of educational and pleasurable interest to old and young. The pieae de resistance of entertainment is, of course, the fine series of Kusso-Japanese War pictures. To enhance the interest and I realism of the show the management have introduced, a clever and telling series of realistic effects. As the barrel-shaped motor cars are sweeping along the road in clouds of dust, the hissing noise of the engines is pleasantly produced, and the regulated thud of marohing troops will invest the war view 3 with additional realism. The passing of cavalry, the roar of the guns, the rattle of artillery, all are faithfully and extraordinarily portrayed. It is mainly claimed for this wonderful entertainment that from the safe vantage ground of a comfortable stall one can behold the manifold moves that are made in this dread game of nations. All is visible to the eye. First there are the preparations, the drilling of troop?, the commissariat and transport organisation, and the praying of priests. Then counts the fascination of ordered martial movements of Cossacks on pranoiog chargers, and infantry advancing in inathematic squares. Then there is war itself, lurid, as if painted by a Verestchagin or Caton Woodville. All these tableaux of life in the Far E<ist as it is to-day are said to ring with sound, reality and daring effectiveness. ' Several great pioture├č will be displayed, notably the transit of the Russian troops through Siberia to Manchuria. Within this series will be realised the terrible difficulties of transporting a great army across the frozen Lake Baikal. The Battle of Liaoyang, with the capturing of Russian guns, the Japanese taking positions, and the siege of Port Arthur, disclosing the great naval engagements off the beleaguered town. Of general subjects the most remarkable are those relating to the great Toronto fire, the escape of convicts from Dartmoor, London street studies, the superb pantomime Submarina, Driven from Home, the Great Temple Procession at Nikko, the Melbourne Cup piotures of 1904, Earl's Court Exhibition, and others too numerous to mention. Humorous pictures are freely sandwiched between the solid fare. The entertainment promises to be one of the most unique yet seen in the district. The plan is on view at Jones's, also day sales.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6558, 1 May 1905

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Mr J.C. Williamson's Bio-Tableau. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6558, 1 May 1905