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AMUSEMENTS

BARTON BROS.’ CIRCUS. LOCATION : ST.ANDREW-CUMBER-LAND STREETS. Tho Barton Bros, began their circus season in Dunedin Inst night under circumstances of some difficulty. Unaware, upou arrival yesterday, that tho City bylaws now prohibit the use of tho Oval os a circus location, the management were placed in an awkward dilemma. However, after negotiation, tho site of the old timber yard at the corner of Hanover and Cumberland streets was secured, and by dint of a very hard afternoon’s work Mr Barton was able to keep 'faith with the public and open last evening. And the fact that even with this sudden change of venue the big canvas-covered auditorium was full by 8 o’clock, was flattering evidence that previous experience of this circus’s quality has left patrons with a relish for more at the same hands. There have been many additions to the show since it last played Dunedin, and it maintains still a pleasant level of merit, rising in some of the offerings to an exceedingly high level of achievement. The finale, ‘ Wild Australia,' provoked not only hearty amusement, but hair-raising excitement. A bucking pony and donkey were introduced, and trophies offered to the boys who stuck on longest. There was a tremendous influx of youthful equestrians to the ring, but none managed to sit the animals undisturbed. One boy, however, got nearly round the ring, and received a sovereign for his pluck. There followed an exposition of rough-riding upon two savage outlaws, in which “ Queensland Harry ” drew the loudest plaudits of tho big crowd. As for the circus proper, tho authentic centres .of attraction were undoubtedly Miss Ethel Ashton and Mr J. M. West. The former is a most versatile artist in I three branches of her profession generally .sundered. Her work upon the flying trapeze was not only daring, but was executed at unrivalled pace, and with great grace. In a second act she disclosed phenomenal strength of jaw, swinging head down from rings, supporting in her teeth, first a man of 12st 51b, and then one of 9at. This last was termed the ‘ Gyroscope Finale,’ and proved fine fun for everybody but tho 9st man, who gyrated like a top, and when released took some time to get his bearings. Finally Mias Ashton walked the tight-wire indefectible, undertaking the difficult feat upon it of disrobing from a long train dress to more simple costume. Mr West is a hand-balancer of rare skill, undertaking with apparent ease the most difficult feats that an ordnary man would hesitate to attempt upon his fe.et on terra firms. West is the man who balanced upon his hands on the parapet of a 10-& tory building in Sydney. Those are tho headline attractions —but there are many others which almost challenge their pre-eminence ; tho St. Leonards, for example (equilibrists), Fred Carlson (who extracted from a make-shift fiddle the most ludicrous imitation of a child reciting), the llidgways (tumblers), Francis Roy Barton (trick rider), Lcno’s troupe of performing poodles—and many others. Tho entertainment can bo cordially recommendedPRINCESS THEATRE. There are few more popular artists on the vaudeville stage, than Miss Carrie Moore, tho well-known musical comedy actress, who made her rcapearance hero at the Princess Theatre last evening. Needless to say, Miss Moore was warmly welcomed back. She is as vivacious and as taking as ever, and her items included many popular songs and recitations for which she has gained an enviable distinction. The large audience were loth to part with Mias Moore. Her humorous number, ‘ Foolish Questions,’ from ‘ The Dollar Princess,’ fairly “caught on,” while her patriotic song, ‘ It‘s a Long Way to the Front’ (Miss Moore’s own version). worked everybody up to a pitch of enthusiasm, the audience heartily joining in the chorus. Perhaps her greatest success was a recitation entitled ‘ Mother's Love.’ The other members of the company are all capable performers in their own particular lines. A very enjoyable first part is provided by Leslie ‘ Holmes’s Costume Comedy Company. Mr Holmes is a host in himself, his comic numbers keeping everybody in roars of laughter. The final tableau, with Britannia, in tho background, concluded a pleasant 40 minutes’ entertainment. Among those who supported Miss Moore in the second part were Benson and Bell, two clever singers and dancers; the Great Weafcin, in hia impersonations of great people, past and present; White and Grey, in music and comedy; Les Bates, comedian; Brown and .Sorlie, colored comedians; Arthur Trontt, “tho human submarine ” ; and Miss Rosa Loader. Variety forms the keynote of the items which make up the new bill at the Princess Theatre, and large houses are assured for tho remainder of the week. FULLERS’ PICTURES. Finest of all among a really splendid series of war pictures contained in Pathe’s latest "war edition, screened at the King’s Theatre list evening, were the brief but stirring snaps of the compact mountain battery manned by Scottish volunteers for the front—fine types of soldiers, ready to do anything to preserve tho famous motto of their sturdy countrymen, “Scotland for Ever.” It was this picture which roused to a high pitch the enthusiasm of a numerous audience, and the sight of King Georgs riding beside Lord Lovat and the men who had answered his call served as an incentive for an even better effort, so that the acknowledgment was good to hear. There were other inspiring pictures as well, notably that of ‘The Watchdogs of the- Empire’ riding grimly on tho waves watching for the ships of a foreign foe. One picture commanded a reverent respect—tho last tribute to an officer of an aviation corps who had died for his country. The views of the German occupation (of Louvain, the sack of which has gained for them the condemnation of even othbr than their immediate foes, were excellently presented, but there j was nothing thrilling about the long, ' sinuous column of foot soldiers whicn ; swung through streets which had once , been lined by historic buildings. Even historic buildings had been razed . indiscriminately 'byfa merciless shell fire, i and the wreckage oik all sides told its own tale. The picture > man did hie work , openly, and one rejriment seemed to bo ■ performing the ridiculous goose-step for i nis particular benefit; It was a dull show , compared with the magnificent vitality of j Thomas Atkins and qompany. Among the I other pictures in the( new programme are ! ‘ The Treasure Ship ’ (Kalcm drama), ; ‘ Innocent but Ahkwnnl ’ (comedy), j ‘Life’s Lottery ’ (draAia), ‘Ruins of An- ! dent Romo’ (a magnificent scenic), and j a very good Keystonp comedy, entitled | ‘ The Great To© Mystery.’ Tho proi gramme will be repealed each night this : week, the war picture';! showing at 6.30 ; and 3.20, I HIS MAJESTY'S | Last evening tho Hingard and Citing ; Sung Loo Happy Hours .Entertainers Com- , pany repeated their programme to tho ; satisfaction and appreciation of the welij tilled house. The evenind opened with the ’ overture by tho orchestra ■ inder the kadev- ; ship of Madam Carroll. M. ITugard then j gave a few of his clove; card tricks, to I tho mystification of all. j ’ossibly tho most j sensational fewt ever px rfermed at> His I Majesty’s is introduced ini o the programme I bv M. Hugard in his gt eat rillo feat, in j which .last evening three < >f tho local Tcrri- ! toriaLs fired point blank a , tlijs daring per- ; former. At tho word ‘ Firo” a volley j blazed out, and M. Hugar/d calmly dropped !to the floor the bullets! stopped by his I pif-oo of velvet. Clung Sung Loo gives a fine display of tho art in hie act ‘A Night In Peking,’ wherein he introduces allusions of wondritotis nature. There will bo a change of pro/gramme lator on in tho week, but to-nigntfthe same entertainment will be given. I Mr Hugavd intends/to make a specialty this week of his rifle/ net. People are invited to bring their/own rifles and cartridges, and they wilX be asked to load the jdfksa themselves, {

HAYWARDS’ PICTURES. A good audience was attracted to the Octagon Picture House last night, when an excellent bill-of-fare was provided. ‘ Beauty and the Barge ’ is the star picture. This is one of W. W. Jacobs’s moat delicious of piquant comedies, starfeaturing to the greatest possible advantage Mr Cyril Maude, one of England’s finest actors. It is a delightfully quaint story, and one which met with its due share of appreciation last night. ‘ A Boy Scout Farm in Sussex ’ is a splendid theme grandly treated in radiant Pathecolor. One sees tho lads engaged m various agricultural duties, and the manner in which they go about their work is worthy of admiration. The style in which the work is dono is almost ludicrous to colonials. Sheep-shearing is conducted in a manner that appears to colonials to be ridiculous. Instead of the sheep being compelled to “sit up,” it is held flat down on the ground. Sheepdipping is » laborious business. Three lads pick up a sheep and carry it by the legs to the bath. Branding, as carried out by the lads, consisted of catching each sheep-in the field, laying it on its side, and carefully placing a stencil plate on its rib. and brushing in the brand. These operations, although strictly in conformity with the methods prevailing in the Old Country, are very amusing to those of us who understand farming work in New Zealand. They me, however, excellent pictures, and are sure to attract a large crowd of show patrons. The ‘ Gaumont Graphic’ comprises the latest war news, tho principal pictures being ‘ The Defence of Paris, ‘ Artillery on Way to the Front,’ ‘ Glasgow Tramway Men Enlist, 1 French Sailors in Paris,’ ‘ London Fusiliers Leave for Camp, 1 Belgian Shells,’ ‘Recruits from Cumberland,’ ‘ German Culture,’ etc. 1 Our Mutual Girl ’ appeals to the ladies interested in fashions —and who amongst the gentler sex axe not ? ‘ The Toy Shop ’ is a picture of more than usual merit, and whilst possessing a thread of romance, is pathetic m the extreme. The programme is one that is bound to draw during tho farmers’ summer carnival. QUEEN’S THEATRE. Th© current programme at the Queen’s Theatre includes a number of war views, one of there, ‘ German Occupation of Louvain,’ being particularly interesting, and on© of tho best pictures from tho front that has ret been shown in Dunedin. ‘The Angel of Contention,’ ‘Laughing Gas,’ and 1 Th© Voice of Silence ’ are the titles of a few of th© other films. The same programme will he shown to-night. PLAZA PICTURES. ‘The Bolted Door,’ a fin© dramatic subject, heeds the current programme at tho Plaza Pictures. ‘Tho Country Wife,’ ‘Easy Money,’ ‘Chiefs Lov© Affair,’ ‘Travel and Sport in India’ arc some of tho supporting pictures. The new number of the ‘Warwick Chronicle’ contains views of Belgian troops in action, on-d other interesting scenes from tho front. The same pictures will be. shown to-night.

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AMUSEMENTS, Evening Star, Issue 15658, 24 November 1914

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