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EDEN PARK ATHLETIC CARNIVAL

«n Th o er ? "i* 8 a fair atten<l ance at Eden Park and .fan" ' an athletlc carnival ernnnrt Club's pound fund. No one who saw the ground In winter would have thought that there wonld be a possibility of holdins a carnival «-o e o re ( lhls s "™ mer - Tll e ground, however, "as in very fine order, and mad* an escelle » sports ground. There were not many «i c £ , evpnts - b «t a good dcnl of interest centred In the running. The most interesting race was the mile, which was won by v. n Hill, the winner of the Howick to Auckland Marathon. Hill is o"no of the best lads ever seen out over a distance, and his time was really excellent, if the distance was a full mile. He cut out the dlsTh UCe im h"\ 8 ° J.* , - ana was lint extended. The 100 yds handicap was won by H Ivnee bone- «if the 4yds mark in 10 4-r>s. J. H Edwards, from 4*yds, won the 220 yds handicap, the time for which was 24 2-58 A very interesting event was the throwing of tu° cricket ball for the championship of AuckIntnl. Half a score of orfekotors coranetH With his first throw. F. n. Mason, a noted biirler of the little red missile, threw to a distance of about six inches over lnivds, and this effort remained unbeaten. Lusk, who threw to 95yds, was second. Watching the small, round, red thing flying through space brings back to one the following neat cricket verse, l>v Lucas:— "Leather— the heart of mc, leather,—the Oh, but the soul of me's other than that! Else should I thrill as I do M exultingly. Climbing the air from the thick of the Leather— the heart of mc: ay. but in verity Kindred I claim with the sun in the sky Heroes bow all to the little red ball And u, b< ? w t0 my brot Qcr ball blazing on nigh. The athletic events were rnn by the Auckland Amateur Athletic and Cycle' Club and the other attractions were arranged for by the Eden Cricket Club. The results were as follows: — lOOYds.—First heat: F. E. Wilson (2yds) 1, C. D. Cowan (oyds) 2, J, R. Simpson (owing lyd) 8. Time, 10 2-ss. Second heat: H. Kneebone (4yds) 1. J. h Edwards (s<*r) 2 A. Twtnarae <sJyds> 3. Time, 10 4-ss. Final: Kneebone 1, Cowan ° Wilson 3. Time. 10 4-se. The finish was very close, siv Inches separntlng the first and second men. and the third man was well up. One Mile. -G. N, Hill (scr) 1. G. F. Underwood (80yds) 2, E. K. Baraford (70yds) 3. Also started: C. D. Cowan (45yds). P. Hamilton tOOydsh W. R. Sansbury (GOyds). W. Edgerly (70yds). E. Porter (SOyds), and A. Twiname UOOyds). Time. *4.30 2-5. Bamford led from soon after the start, but Hill went to the front before the third lap and won easily by 7."yds. 220Yds.— J. IT. Edwards (4Jyds) I D. O. Jervis (12yds) 2. Also started: F. R. Wilson (scr), C. F. Burns (4*yds), A. Twiname (oyds), and C. L. Nisbett (10yds). A good race resulted in n fine finish. There was about half a yard between the first, and the second. Throwing Cricket Rail.—F. R. Mason (101 yds) 1, Lusk (95yds) 2. THE FANCY COSTDME CRICKET. During the afternoon what was described as a fancy costume cricket match took place. It wan supposed to last for anf hour, ;iut the'event proved to he a burlesque of abont a quarter of an hour's duration, the cricket match resolving Itself into a certain amount of more or less amusing fooleryThere were nine characters in costume, as follows: — Messrs Uolrting (Japanese), Bridges (Red Indian), Arthur (Sc-otsman). Horspool (sketcher). Kavnnash (butler). Buckley (policeman). Smith (Mephlstopheles), Ilutehings (Mrs McGoobie). Mason (Uncle Sam). During the quarter of an hour the match lasted the costume team made 910 runs, consisting of nine boundary own hick, Mephistopheles scored most of the-uns. Ladies being - strensriy objected to. Mrs- AlcGoobie. so soon as. she appeared on the ground, was forcibly removed by the police, her expostulations, thou: , - laud and long, being of no avail. Wbllt .ro whole distressed field were chasing one :,t Mephisto's hits, the Scotsman favoured the audience with his national dy.:e. Ludicrous as It may seem that a Kef/ .Indian should be abroad In Klngsland. th? specimen of the race who disported him&eif there this afternoon was quite tame, and greatly amused the children. Horspool, in his study in black and while, was ably assisted in his sketches by the stately manner of the butler. The Yellow Peril, though on the field, failpd to create a panic, being summarily dealt with by Uncle Snm, whose googly bowling was the means of disarming him. The efforts of the participants, to judge by the laughter, were yuite successful.

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EDEN PARK ATHLETIC CARNIVAL Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 92, 19 April 1909

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