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Long before the time appointed for the opening of the doors, a large crowd had assembled outside of the Palace Rink last night, recalling the scenes that happened when the rink was first opened. Of course the attraction was Miss Mabel Sylvester’s exhibition of plain, figure, and fancy skating ; and as her fame had preceded her, anticipations of her skating ran very high among the public, while the character of her exhibitions on the rollers caused considerable excitement in skating circles. When the hour for her appearance had arrived the rink was crowded to excess, many being obliged to content themselves with standing room, and those occupying the floor must have numbered fully 200. The skating surface having been cleared, Miss Sylvester appeared in a costume of white satin, and immediately began her performance, which can only be described as “marvellous.” Commencing with the serpentines, her subsequent movements were most intricate yet graceful, and showed most conclusively that she has made skating a science as well as an art. Flying round the hall at top speed she spun round like a top, waltzing now ou heel then on toe, and twining in and out in a most graceful fashion; in fact, her movements and figures were executed so rapidly that the onlookers experienced some difficulty in following her closely, in order to understand the difficult nature of her performance. Mus Sylvester, who was the recipient of two large bouquets, performed spread eagles, guide foot rolls, flying turns, pivot foot rolls, zigzags, flying wheel grape vine—a most difficult feat—side edge steps, back and forwards, polka steps, and back-foot rolls, and was heartily applauded by those present. The floor was in splendid condition, Manager Crockford having spared no trouble to obtain that result, while the incidental arrangements were carried out successfully. The Engineers’ full band occupied the orchestra, and under the conduotorship of Mr 11. Benjamin discoursed some capital music. To night Miss Sylvester will again appear at the Palace Rink in an entirely new programme, and as but a faint idea could be formed of her accomplishments by last night’s performance—brilliant though it was—another large audience will doubtless assemble at this popular place of amusement.

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THE PALACE RINK., Evening Star, Issue 7930, 11 June 1889

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THE PALACE RINK. Evening Star, Issue 7930, 11 June 1889