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EUR BELGIAN RELIEF. The Port people have good cause to be pleased with tho success of tho carnival they held yesterday afternoon and evening for the purpose of helping tho distressed Belgians. Iho object was good beyond praise, ana success rewarded real effort. Tho Carnival Committee worked hard, aud the whole community responded liberally. Everybody seemed to bo helping in rune way or other, and the result was gratifying indeed. 'Tho carnival was held on tho recreation ground, timl the “gate” for the afternoon amounted 10 There were four young lady candidates for the distinction of being crowned c;uecn of tho carnival, and the f.TnV 1 '‘‘-hets sold at 2d each netted about ~300. Tho stalls did a lucrative trade, and tue, takings were furl her supplemented by a sheep-guessing competition, the salo o': several sheep, and oilier attractions. 1 P-m. a lengthy street procession started from King Edward square for Ih e carnival grounds. The Port Chalmers Brass Band headed the precession, followed by a detachment of Territorials, in charge' of Major Dodds ami Captain Crawford. Then followed (bo queens’ coach, consisting of a picturesquely-dcroratod lorry. On this conveyance were the queens with their Iranibearers, and also the. Mayor and Mayoress (Mr and Mrs Scollay), the Ma yor wearing tho robe aud chain of office. After the queens followed four lorries laden wdh Miss Schnack’s young ladies in fancy c ■•attune, ready lor their pleasing Belgian march on the grounds. After these followed tho tire brigade, about, 30 Druids in regalia, tradesmen's carts gaily decorated, imik earl:, also cecotatcd, and a number of other comic shews, tho school baud taking a prominent pari. Maoris in native costumes also drove in the procession, a unique feature of which was an ambulance stretcher drawn by five collio dogs. A slight shower of ram fell before, the grounds wore reached. Tito carnival was officially opened by Mr G. L. Dcnnision, Belgian Consul at Dunedin. In calling on him to speak Mr J. M'Lachhn, eiiaitnian of fhe committee, said tho carnival was held to help flic Belgians, who had rendered such signal sendee to our Empire. The holding of the carnival was first suggested by Mbs S'cimack, and everybody had worked hard to make it the success it promised 10 be. (Applause.) Mr Dennis:on. in the course of a feeling speech, said be wished to express the satis” faction he felt, and perhaps the surprise ho experienced, at seeing such a la'gc gathering. As a representative of Belgium, ho was pleas’d to be there to open the Belgian I carnival. Belgium was a prosperous nation before '.he war, but, now her neutrality bad been violated, her lands laid waste, anti many ot her people seeking refuge in other countries. The invaders had committed outrages of which ho could not speak if he would, and would not if he could. But for Belgium the Germans would have been in Paris months ago, and the war would be bearing a different, aspect to what it. did to-day. A wave of sympathy for the Belgians had swept over tho world, extending to Ncav Zealand, and Port, Chalmers was included. He appreciated the good work being done that day. The Mayor said that the crisis which ihc Empire was experiencing was not, altogether unfortunate. for it was quickening tho national life. The dauntless determination of our soldiers :n tho trenches and of our sailors on tho occii-t was reflected in the non-combatant sections of British communities in n wonderful spirit of helpfulness and setf-sacrifice, all of which showed that this war was serving to rcinvigorate the virile character of the Bi'tish race. The nation’s call had met a gratifying response., ancl Port Chalmers had responded in giving men and means. In that connecTicn he wished to acknowledge wl at a leading part the women feik had taken. The carnival that day v.ris a credit to the town, and he thanked the committee of men and women who had worked so hard to ensure us success. (ApThc cvownnvr ot the ouecn was a pretty function. The candidates were Miss Buchan a l lllOll Meant Ship Company), Miss Maekie i Port Channels Dm matin fluid. Miss Thomson (tile.-si- Love Bios.i, ana Miss Watson (Messrs fcUvenson anil Cook). Their trainbearers were Miss I.uev tmdnck. Miss Vera ( oidu.-k. ili-i At urge let Mnebrd, and Mitts Clirissie. Full irluil. Miss Maekie was qmen ot the carnival, and was crowned In- the Mavoic-s annus;- great, enthusiasm. Too •• roval parte ware ve:v prettily attired. The fuiecn s frock was a daintv production, composed ol apricot, satin iiiiirplame, arranged w.tii me.oniight-fhaclev.' kwc. iii winch embroidery ot opaque beads and pearls placed a prominent part. Tne skirt was prettily dnpi <1 on one sale, and cant:hi with a cactus-dahlia, vosetlo ol heliotrope and apricot nunm resolving into a pointed inun, the whole being assisted by a broad swathe belt, mtrotlnomg aga.n ihp eactus.lablut rosette, and finished off with a tassel ot opaque beads and pearls. Wel'-stoehcd stalls wero arranged round the ground. Thu • tallhoidcrs were;— No. 1 Himbio. M”-'! one-, D> t nda. I i i-er. K Themnsr.n, Highei, and Misses (rim. Craig, and Hoskins. ].oilv stall: Misses M Kinlav i2). Bed. rfftigiiisoii. B. Giant, and ill.: bmnrt. Flower ft.ill : Misses Pinckur, Gordon. Williamson bpcnce. Gables, Mcsdames Crawford, Cable, and Cltgborn. Doll stall: Mcsdames Tay.or. Mitehcil, W. Mo'rgan, ,T. Morgan. Misses I.endfn. Giov. and Jacobson. Aerated water stall: Mi.-ses Craigic and Coleman. Produce stall : Mr J. Powell, assisted by Mrs Bi.Tiuer, Miss Powell, and Mr I,al<*v. No. 2 tumble: Mc.-.dames Peter-.-wi, Anderson. K Jicitbnn, Albertson, P. Thomson. Ilnwdr-n, and Miss Fisbor. Cbnstntes tree- Alas (. aigie and. Mrs Eagar. Retref.hmc’tt room; M .alamos helmaek, Ba'irr Islnstef. Milne. Fletcher. Cox. Booth. Harn.■rm. Misses >tc;\ m-jit. I Fort on. I’uelciev. and quite a HMUlher ot other assistant:-. —C<.mp< iitanis. — Judges: Mrs Booth and Miss Boh. Bent-decoraled g:> earl : Mis;- Sadie Smith 1 Mt- P T. ion 2 Mi-- I’m- 3 Be ii decora led bicycle. R. Knrwstubb and A. Hunter. ( hddren a buttonhole; Miss A. 1 Horne. Coen.unit icing: Mrs Fraser 1. . Missus Iv.'iip ai d llowt- 3. Date creams: Miss KiMmi. Dueiv.-ated rake; Miss Bucklev. Lollies. Tui Kish dehglil—Mrs Kemp: ,assorted U*ffc<r- -Miss Kemp I. Mrs Howie. 2. li'.rn-'i Mr? Fiascr. Uinngf; cake: ilrs Fraser Oat cake; Miss Fi.-her. Cream puffs: ili-s t.'i aipae. I iioetdale, cake: ills .Ho war. Pik -lets : ills A. hha lilts 1. Meringues; Mis.-. Burke 1. t-pe.nge sandwich; ili-'.s t raigie 1. Gingerbread: ilrs 1. Is-in-ier I. cdior:oread: Mr,. Kemp 1. ilrs Willmntt. 2. ilrs Howie 5, Miss Fisher 4. Madeira cake: Mrs A. Wiseman 3. Walnut cake: ills; Weir 1. Oven scours: M:s Forsyth 1. Girdle scones: ilrs Montgomery 1. heed cake: Mrs Kemp 1. Bo>l-dt corated vehicle: Messrs ililne and Enirjison equal. Bcsi-decoratrd bni'liei' - - rail: Mr T. (hmi--an. P-est-derovatod milk e;irt : Mr B. Perry, Pest-dcecrate I Inrrv: Queens’. Mr D. Mnrr was judge of Bic decorated vehicles. 100 Yawls I!.isi> nlirtc hoais): Finn!—L. Knewstnhli 1. J. M’Gregor 2, Dongley 3. Relay Race ifonr .-nines): Pacific Harriers 1," Queen's Drive Boating Club 2, Cadet No. 2 3- A number or other races also took place. The Belgian march, by SO young ladies was a charming performance. Dances included Highland dances bv Miss Bayne, Miss iPDonald. Mr Burns, and Mr M’Ktuzie. Mr J Murray playing the music. The two local hands were supplemented tn the r veiling by the Dunedin Pipe Band. The Carnival Committee's officials were: ilr J. MT.aclilnn. chairman; Mr G. F. Booth, secretary; and ilr -J Eagar, treasurer.

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PORT CHALMERS CARNIVAL, Evening Star, Issue 15673, 11 December 1914

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PORT CHALMERS CARNIVAL Evening Star, Issue 15673, 11 December 1914