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The City Hall Skating Rink continues to be well patronised, the floor and circle being crowded last evening. The management purpose making the fancy dress carnival next Thursday and Friday evenings the eventof the season. Skaters in fancy dresswill occupythe floor from 7.30 till 9.30 each evening. A grand march of costumed skaters will take place at 8.30 p.m. The floor will be thrown open to the public for general skating from 9,30 to 10.30. On Friday evening the carnival will finish up with a ball open to persons in plain dress, as well as those in fancy costumes. Manager Wootton has conducted several rehearsals of the march with those who have entered, and personally supervises all arrangements, As the City Hall has a comfortable dress circle, there should be a good attendance of onlookers to witness this display. The management of the Palace Rink promise to introduce a decided novelty next week in the person of Miss Mabel Sylvester, who as a trick rider is said to be J'aeilis princeps. We read of her that, “as regards experience, she can point to a long and successful career in America and Australia, to which she is adding fresh laurels by touring through New Zealand, previous to turning her course in a homeward direction. Her claim to the title of champion lady skater of the world she supports by a challenge to all comers to try conclusions for the honor, and LI.OOO in addition. She also holds the championship gold badge of the United States for fancy skating, and is the proud possessor of numerous other badges, prizes, etc,” Miss Sylvester, who is a native of Boston (U.S.), is an unusually skilful skater; indeed, it has been said that her movements on the rollers more resemble flotation than skating, while they are characterised by graceful deportment. The “one foot wave,” the specialty waltz, the handkerchief trick, and the dip waltz are features of a repertoire, that is as attractive as it is novel. She appeared in Christchurch this week, and received very complimentary notices from the Press.

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THE RINKS., Evening Star, Issue 7922, 1 June 1889

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THE RINKS. Evening Star, Issue 7922, 1 June 1889