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Exhibition Echoes

(Contributed). Persona who contemplate a trip to the big show in Christchurch need have no apprehensions on the score of accommodation. As a matter of fact, there has not been that rush that was anticipated by the Canterbury folk, and at the present time none of the hotels or boarding, houses are full ; the reverse is the case. The proprietor of one large boarding house, anticipating the rush that never came, fixed up two large establishments in addition to the one now running, but at present they are both nearly empty. Carnival week drew a good crowd, but when that was over it was a case of “home, boys, home,” and the steamers and trains were overcrowded, and Christchurch settled down to almost its normal state. With regard to hotel charges, the rumours one hears in this connection are greatly ex-* aggerated and ridiculous in the extreme, as good accommodation can be had at a comparatively moderate figure, although in some cases it is quite true that owners of hotels have been taking advantage of the Exhibition “to make hay while the sun shines,” but these are gradually, climbing down, as they found it would not work. * * * * ’Ware pickpockets should be the motto of the pleasure-seeker. While on the water chute at the Exhibition recently a man found on reaching terra firm a , that he had been relieved of £7. A rather expensive ride ! But this is only one of many instances of pocket-picking, and a visitor to Christchurch does not require the intuition of a Sherlock Holmes to see that the light-fingered gentry are greatly in evidence. * * * Mr Holmes, jnr., of Waimahaka, is in charge of the Southland Court, and is most courteous and obliging, in giving- information to visitors. Mr Richard Allen worked like a Trojan in the earlier stages to get everything in order. * * * * The Katzonjammer Castle is one of the features of “Wonderland.” You go through it in the dark, to the accompaniment of all sorts of ghostly sounds. You are not supposed to light a match to view the gruesome surroundings, but one venturesome mortal did so—what he saw wild horses couldn’t drag from him. His hair didn’t turn white, or his teeth fall out of his mouth, but he put the match out in a hurry. One lady, who meditated an entrance inquired if a visitor was likely to faint —she wanted her money’s worth, and apparently thought it should include a lapse into unconsciousness. * * * * The buck-jumping exhibitions are good—they involve skill, pluck, and endurance, and have taken on immensely. The cyclorama,depicting the Battle of Gettysburg, is largely patronised, and is recognised as one of the best shows in the grounds. * * * * The Fijians are worth seeing—a fine lot of fellows, with their dusky skins and white teeth. They are all good-humoured, and polite—Nature’s gentlemen every one. Their firewalking turns are worth seeing. Our own Maories are also worth rubbing, noses with, and their Maori pah draws large numbers of interested visitors. * * * * There are plenty of sensations at the Exhibition, but a sad lack of water—as good luck had it we discovered a tap at the rear of the building, and just in time, for we’d concluded that even water was prohibited—except for spot cash. * * * •» The organ recitals in the day-time are very poorly attended, while the water chute is making ten shillings- a minute on Saturday nights. In vain is the sublime music of the masters played on a magnificent instrument, whose crashing chords shake the building—what is a masterpiece of Mendelsshon or Handel to the delights of a wild flight through the air and across- the water ? * * * # If you go to Christchurch, gentle reader, see the Exhibition at night. It is then a blaze of colours under the electric light, and is indeed a piece of fairyland, a blend of everything delightful to the eye and ear. Then it is that the Exhibition fever is at its height—then it is- that you feel an irresistible desire to exhaust the sights of the show as quickly as possible, drink your fill of sensations, spend your last available shilling, and generally have a good time. Worth seeing ? Of course it is—there won’t bo another show like it for many a long day,.

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Exhibition Echoes, Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 41, 8 December 1906

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Exhibition Echoes Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 41, 8 December 1906