THE GARDEN FETE
A BRIGHT AN'D BUSY SCENE. SUCCESS* U.L EESULT. The heavy downpour at a critical time yoiicrdajr uo doubt atfected the aueadance in ui,/ Gaiucn i-tte. Tuis, and the lact thaft ao many calis have been made 01' taw;, may account lor ibe crowd being considerably .•Jii.ui,-r than i.; previous years. The cash luiiiitgs at tlio gate amounted to £l4O 17s, as compaiei with £z4B 10s at the Hatch, fete. Out as tho espouses will be a good deal Jess, ;i v-ry taiistactory amount should be available to hand over to the Patriotic and Geui.iin We! lure, Association for the purpose of pioioumtr work for the unemployed, Jt being iiU'ittßtood that such work is to bo done on l-iie- City reserves. As a matter of fact, the weal her conditions from 1 o'clock forward weie pra-eiicajly ideal, and those who 'attended appeared to thoroughly enjoy them-t-eive.-,. Inc. children's competitions and displays, always a popular section of the fete, aiinuocd considerable notice. Tlio Hoys in Januy dress were not strong in numbers, but the quality of the costuming was apparent. The winner, as Lord Nelson, sustained iho character admirably, and had r.o !i;lii<-'tiity ia scoring- most points. A correct i,v tircfSiHi miniature baker won second honors, third being allotted to a lad made up as ;i comfortable-looking John Bull, whe carried himself with just the correct air of cammes- a:id complajsancy. . Another entrain, representing a newsboy, gained considerable sympathy on account of bis tender years. Amongst the girls the first prize went to ■i.representative of "Peace,'' white-robed and i.-iugci; another "Pence," who fondled a captive dove, being placed third. "The Head of the Family" dividing them. Tho last named presumably figured as head of the Ailies, ihe French and New Zealand flaw being prominent in her dress. The winner oi I lie competition for the best decorated child's vehieie wan a pretty little maid in pink and white, who led a small white poodle drawing a miniature waggon artistically decorated with pink and white flowers; altogether a tasteful and beautiful little exhibit. A special prize was gained by a very young aviator seated in a decorated aeroplane. The winning bicycles and tricycles abo bore signs of careful and tasteful decorations. The exhibitions of club-swinging and dumbbell exercises by Christian Brothers' pupils. inarching evolutions by Macandrew Street schoolgirls. Maypole dance by Forbury School pupils, ribbon dance by those of, George .Street sehool, and Highland and fancy dancing by Forbury, George Street, Albany Street. and Arthur Street school children were all excellently done, and greatly appreciated by the large audiences they drew. The following' school fife and drum bands rendered valuable service in playing selections in various parts of the grounds:—Albany Street, George Street, ' Moraing/ton, High Street, Arthur Street, Maori Hill, Moray Place, and Forbury. In the ■evening the music was provided by the Fourth Keg-mental, St. Kilda, Kaikorai, Dmcdjn Pipe, and Caversham Bands, the public being thus regaled with a continuous concert from 7.45 to 10. Throughout (he afternoon and evening the MomingtoU Pierrot Parly were responsible for a bright and clever entertainment consisting of songs, choruses, and dances—a thoroughly enjoyable programme. A fancifully-dressed party from the Dur.cdm Orphans' Club, who were also, prominent at both sessions, included a character whom even the small bovs and the least imaginative .tdults instantly dubbed "Mick"; another who was clevery ma.de. up as tho person, or animal, who is associated in tho advertisement* with the legend "Won't wash clothes ' : ; n. brwhiskered and gaudiiy-^earfed • ■■■.'■.. ■;■:•.:■<■>. ' .'*4t« ttf.'*b<.>s"° iir.ir.'Gß-.«nt was i t.ilcd by . one tunc- it played; a Japanese knight, a digger, <fcL"iftdj>", and other quaint persons. The conductor of the orchestra, by (he way. appeared to be stifferi;;r; from a swelled bead, which, it may be ixlilej, was a. false one. Punch .ird Judy delighted large crowds of youngsters anl amused a great many adults, whim others found a grim satisfaction itt hhiimr. or attempting to hit, a figure of the Kai-er, which on (his occasion supplanted the ordinary Aunt Pally. Tiie moviii!» picture show, it is needless 1o say. puivr-d a popular item, and the operator (Mr Carrinsfon) was kept going from 3 to 10 p.m. .'-.""ling off film after film of various subjects. In this connection tho Fete Committee desire jo thank Messrs John Fuller mid Son?, and (lie, Kayward. King's, Queen's, and Kincr F.dward Theatre proprietaries for grat'iiion.- assistance-. The bowling, cricket, and foot ball competitions drew plenty of ad-hevi-iits to these particular games. The various stalls, and tenia were well pal'-oniseil, tied a substantial hum was raised •rem these source-:. All the lady assistants vorhed hard, those selling post cardg. sweets, '•!.-., around the grounds rising their persiiisiv iifin-'T;; most, successfully. This year ilte yos'-eard stall was conveniently sifultrd in tm- special post office, and did good .business Tii" amount realised from the sale of art iini-j,) tickets—always the bicgesi item iu the receipt*—will not be known tor a day or >-.y\ Icit if- is anticipated that, the sum will -'a-1 a, '.rood deal short of last J'ear. y, '],e.'.-;>:g are the names of the principal Floral Tent —Mr T>. Tnnnock fconvmcrt, Mrs .Smith. Mrs Phiels. Misses Itcmiie (2). Crow, Martin. Hollo, M'lnfyro, Spedd'injr, Smi;i!j. Mtirpltv, Messrs Dagger, Fountnin, Wall, l-rrinrdou. tv,r--i--:.|,-= J. Hendiy, Mrs Sutherland, Mr.-- l'.avi-r. Stewart. Bcincit (?.}, J!a«r. Lindswy. Witigfield, Gibbs, Toomey, ">f-".-oj'ai.d Pcoit. .Tnmef. Alexander, O'-i.ea, MT'tllo'.trh, Clark i'2), Carson. Ki'-.-tt i'2i. M'C'arv' Dver, Clayton. !>,, , ;,,-.;s ._m";««-s" A. Foley. Pbair f2'i, Sc-llv, Fav.i'iha.rson, Lesley, Hastings (2), The r;;r-tn ive. which deserves credit for the sue-"- "f the frt". was a? follows:—* "':•• J 1-:. Sh-iehlecl:, patron: Messrs J. Rennie hyr ■■-:<!'•!its. J. H. Walker and H. H. Toi'd*'-. : • G. A. bewin, H. Ben- ,>■'! ft. n.'Tinf.srm, A. M'Millan. J. Wood. T. roii- I. G:'"... R. S. Menz:es, J. J.Clark. <; \ Wvli'Tl'-v. H. Harris, T. Somervilb-, M.' .v Aiis.-ond.e" J. .]. Marlow. J. W. firaitli, J), 'f.tt.tiec 1 . A. Pathtrato. Father Coffey, an 1 11. >'. V.'ilson .'secretary). "Tee r- •!::•'. of the cliildreu's competitions --, -r as f.l'ow.-Boys' fancv dress—Osborne St,'.--,, r - ;■•!,,,r.l N'-l-on") 1. Arcliie MTalhtw ■Ttilr.ri ?.. L< <U- Dnt'eiit ("John Bull") 3; • 'i't" fne-v i>ts Noelii. Stcvrna ("Peace") i."j;. M-Howcil ."Head of the Family") 2, Flr-le Ti-.icaii ("I'eaci") 3; decorated cbib r-nv's ;-v'W- or other vehicle—Ray Mantell i* jstelia nilhit 2: 'ieeoratcd bicycle—Alec Ern'"r.- 1. Ha7.1l 2. Williams 3'; c'-ili's T"(tr.'f"i iricvel'- —Keith Gibcn 1, .T. f'■'■',-■-. 2- srr.rnl class—MrXorthey's team 1, Ray" Mart ej] 2.
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