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Tho weather was anything but propitious for the opening of the above ciic.l3. Shortly before the commencement of the afteruoon performance yeaterdiy tho aky became overcast, and rain beaan to fall, and a little after 2.30 came down in a perfect deluge. The attendance was in consequence very limited, there being Considerably more grown up people present than children. The circus tent and its aojutic a are on a more extensive scale than hp.B been seen in Oamaru before. In the entrance enclosure aro the animals composing the menagerie. These consist of four lions, thrco tigers, two panthers, two leopards, two elephantß, two sacred cattle of India, a large number of Suva sind Shetland ponie3, a cage of monkeys, an emu, and a n.itive companion. All the animals look sleek, and apparently have been well cared for, their coat 3 being iv pet feet condition, and devoid of the unsightliness caused by bruises and chafing which has been noticeable in menageries that have previously visaed tho place. The tent which contains the menagerie is a roomy one, and affords visitors every chance of seeing tho animals. The monagerie is a very intereatiug part of tho exhibition, inasmuch as it, is seldom, that animals so well kept and so apparently gool of their different • kinds c;n be seen. The accommodation inside the circus teat is also upon an extensive scale. The tent is supported upon two poles outside the circus ring. This docs away with the pole in the centre of tho ring, and leaves tho whole spaoe for the performers. The seating accommodation for visitors is also good. The chairs aro oE the most comfortable kind, and the stalls and pit are alao well seated. The entertainment during the afternoon was more especially intended for children, but owing to tho rain the attendance, as stated abovo, was not large. Still the programme was well carried through, although the heivy rain falling at the time made it uncomfortable both for performors and visitors.

In tha evening there was a large attendance, larger in fact than was expected taking the circumstance of the inclemency of tha weather into consideration. The condition of the ring, caused by the rain, rendered it impracticable for the troupe to go through any equestrian performance, but tho evening's entertainment waa capitall}' sustained in other ways. Our northern contemporary's speak of the troupo, as a whole, as being the best that has visited New Zealand, and those who were present last night will boar this out. Tho Faust family is rea'ly the cleverest collection of. acrobats that has been Been here. Every momber <sf the family is a wonder of bonelessuess and ability, and their performances last night drew from the audience fnquent and vociferous expressions of delight as well as of astonishment. The performance of another acrobat on decanters was clover, as waa alao that of ayoune Jady gymnast on the slack rope, both receiving ovations from the audience. Our old friends Benhamo and Holloway ar<* also back with a fresh supply of jokefl, and their antics and funnyisma havo loot none of th°.ir powcia to Th-s two elephant's through a variety of movements, and tho entertainment wound up with the tigers' cago b^ms? entered by their trainer, who shows the power that man is able to crerciso over even the moat vicious of animals To-day thero will bo two performances — at 2.30 and 8, and epeciil trains will run on the Duntroon ai>,i N^apara branches to suit tho conv-.tu-nca of visitors.

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CHIARINI'S ROYAL ITALIAN CIRCUS., North Otago Times, Volume XXVIII, Issue 3836, 23 December 1884

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CHIARINI'S ROYAL ITALIAN CIRCUS. North Otago Times, Volume XXVIII, Issue 3836, 23 December 1884

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