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• Messrs Wirth Bros.' Circus and Menagerie paid its annual visit to Ashburton yesterday, and last evening gave a performance on the vacant section known as Hefford's Corner. The attendance was quite as large or larger than usual, and well over 2000 people must' have been present. There was nothing strikingly original about the performance, and many of the turns were a repetition of what has on many previous occasions been seen here. A troupe of white polar bears, performing with a couple of grizzly bears and ' a boar hound, kept the audience interested , for a few minutes; and the animals, which are only of a low degree of intelligence, performed a number of minor tricks. An animal act somewhat different from that generally seen was that-by Doblado's performing sheep. The animals were under perfect control, and their work showed carefulness and patience on the part of the trainer. The wire work of La Belle Victoria was very good, and the lady .deserves the title of champion. The turn given by "DareDevil Desperado^" who leapt head foremost from the top of\ the large marquee, alighting bri to' a concave wooden platform, was rather tame, and contained little of the sensational element which is supposed to justify such "turns." "The Flying Oadonas " gave a real good display of aerial work, and their flights were clean and smart, and aroused, a good deal of admiration. The Wild West riding and the displays of horse-riding were very mild exhibitions ; the original Nelson family's acrobatic and risley performance was one which .■protfokedv'W.arrner, applause,, however. The clowns introduced but little humour, but the band was a little better than usual.

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WIRTH'S CIRCUS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8792, 12 February 1914

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WIRTH'S CIRCUS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8792, 12 February 1914

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