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With the Troops m South Africa.

o At the Assembly Rooms on Monday and Tuesday next, with a special Matinee on Tuesday afternoon at 3, an exhibition of pictures t*ken by tbe well-known British Biograph Company will be seen for the first time here. When the war first broke out, the company obtained permission from the War Office to send a representative with General Buller to the Cape and on to the front witb tbe troops, The pictures so taken have been and are still being forwarded to London at frequent intervals, and for months have proved such an attraction at tbe Palace Theatre, that intending visitors have been compelled to book their seats weeks in advance. Messrs Wylde and Freedman, having become proprietors of the Australian rights of tbe whole serifs, including those already exhibited in London and those to follow, will present their first selection to a Feilding audience on Monday, with the same clearness aud completeness as made the entertainment such a triumph in London. The pictures are taken at the rate of from 40 to 60 to the second, and are reproduced on the screen at the same rate. Each picture is life size, and there are about 40 of them in tbe opening collection, the films of which roll out to nearly seven miles. As samples of the subjects dealt with may be mentioned :- In the trenches at Rifle Hill, showing a signaller sending the following message from Lord Kitchener, " Have your picket under arms, and send out patrol — Kitchener." The interpretation of the signals is easily discernable on the screen to anyone possessing a knowledge of telegraphy. Lord Dundonald's cavalry going into action near Spion Kop; six brigades striking tents to advance on Spion Kop; Indian bearers and ambulance bearers bringing in the wounded after the battle at Spion Kop ; 12-pounder and 4*7 lyddite guns from H M.S. Terrible bombarding Colenso, also snowing Capt.un Percy Scott's ingenious gun carriage ; Frereand Chieveley camps ; Frere bridge being rebuilt by the Royal Engineers after destruction by the Boers; the New South Wales Lancers landing at Capetown; and many others equally interesting from the front. Incidental to the war will be shown the Queen's visit to London in commemoration of the Relief of Ladysruith; her Majesty reviewing ber own bodyguard prior to their departure for the front, and the Prince of Wales inspecting Paget's Horse on the morning of their departure. An interesting picture will also be presented of the Albatross, tbe fastest torpedo boat destroyer in the world, steaming 82 knots in her trial trip over the measured mile. The representations have created a furore wherever presented. Tbe Australian press are unanimous in pronouncing it the most remarkable entertainment that has ever visited the colonies. The box plan is at Carthew's.

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With the Troops m South Africa., Feilding Star, Volume XXII, Issue 83, 5 October 1900

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With the Troops m South Africa. Feilding Star, Volume XXII, Issue 83, 5 October 1900