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ST. PATRICK'S DAY.

A. SUCCESSFUL DEMONSTRATION.:

The' St. Patrick's Day demonstration> which is proceeding at the Takapun* racecourse to-day, is largely attended., The weather is fine, arid everything points to the outing- proving one of the • most successful of its kind ever, held-ia Auckland, The Government offices, th« banks and insurance offices, and the Stock Exchange were closed on account of th» festival. The children attended sen ices at th« various Catholic churches, and then marched to the Grey Statue at the top: of Queen-street. Children from all th« " Catholic churches of the city were there, besides those from all the sutmrban parishes within a radius of 10 miles. -Th* total number would be from. 3000 to 4000.. They wei'e surrounded by an "immense " crowd of people, many of whom' joined ' ■with the children in singing two; verses - of the hymn "Faith of "our Fathers," ' to the accompaniment of .a band. Bishop . Lenihah then briefly" addressed the 'a*> ' sembly, after' which "he bestowed' tb# Papal blessing on all present. The -marshals arranged the parishes in of their seniority, and the procession moved off, headed "by a band"/ with the members of the' Hibernian Society in immediate attendance. The-pre-cession was watched by immense crowds of people who -lined the sidewalks, and during its progress through Queen-streeC ordinary traffic was suspended. When the head of the procession was arriving at the wharf, the last. section was leaving the Grey Statue. Besides the leading band, another band occupied a position in the middle of the procession, and for a c. while Queen-street was enlivened by the strains of Irish, -national. atlf. ~..,„., , ....'. The procession .was very orderly, "ami - the children Were' placed on board i the ferry boats,, which .conveyed, them to Devr . j bnport, with commendable promptitude, no accidents occurring. During the pro--gress of the in Queen'street an- | incident happened which iriight easily have proved very serious. A little girlI In..the. procession was.knocked over .by ja... young horse in front of the "Bank, of New*"-. Zealand. She was quickly raised by willing hands, and was found to be uninjured^ I One of the officials gatherer! the little I one in. his arms, and carried her. for the

rest of the distance. '../'"".' ~. AT THE RACECOURSE. The attendance at the racecourse'stead-

ily increased during the afternoon. ■ At. three o'clock there wetee about ■: 4000" adults present, and about 3000 or .4000 children., The running events attracted! a deal of interest. The event of the daywas undoubtedly the Marathon race. Ai considerable number of people are pected, to arrive, to witness the finish,' about 4.30 p.m.. The following are results of events run up to the time of going to -press:— -• •*

100 yds Catholic Primary Schools' Handicap.—Final: Dodd 1, Keenan 2, Morris 3. Time, 14s. .':..'._ 75yds College handicap.—Final: H. Qulnn 1, Hanlon 2, Taylor 3; Won By a foot. Time, 8 l-ss. 100 yds Secondary Schools Handicap.—N. Qulnn 1, Carolan 2. Time, 11 l-ss. . 120 Yards Hibernian Handicap.—H. Kneebone' 1. H. H. Johnstone 2, J. Glynn 3. Time, 14e. .

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 65, 17 March 1909

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