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THE SHAH AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE.

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THE SHAH AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. On Monday morning the Shah of PerUa witnessed, in the grounds of Buckmgfiam Palace, a series of experiments with some engines and escapes of the London Fire Brigade under the superintendence of Captain Shaw. The heavy rain which set in between four and five o'clock on Monday afternoon dtu not prevent many thousand persons irom g Jing to the Crystal Palace to attend the great fete in honour of His Majesty. Ihe Directors of the C unpany had spared no exertions, and had provided a most liberal programme. By hali-past six, the hour at which the Shah, accompanied by our Princes and by a large Persian and English following, was expeotei" to arrive, the great building was crowde 1. In the foreground were Guards' bands in uniform, and tha bank of male and female singers rose high rüULd the great organ. Tha stage on the garden side of the transept was fitted up as a gigantic Royal box, ap- proached by a path laid with a scarlet cloth. A vast area of reserved seats was parcelled out into blocks of various price, ranging, according to their nearness to the Royal pavilion, from five guineas for tho,e close to the d-is, to Is. lor chairs well round the corner. In the centre of the intersection of nave and transept a fountain played spouting foamy jets from a deep bowl of rough stone! At a quarter to seven a distant ot waving of handkerchiefs announced the approach of the Royal party, which trod red cloth between living walls of spectators till it reached the dais. The Shah walked first, leading the Priucess of Wales, her Royal Highness wearing a bonnet and dress of pale blue, and His Majesty a uniform cuat with much gold braid upon it, aud a diamond-hilted sword fastened to a jcwelle i belt that crossed his shoulder Mr Thomas Hughes, M P., chairman of the Board of Directors, and Mr. George Grove, secretary to the Crystal Palace Company, led the way along the scarlet path the con- cert music of the bands having changed to the Persian >.ir The Shah and the Princess of Wales seated themselves In two of the sumptuous chairs of honour, the rest of the Princes and Princesses Ailing the temiclrcle of seats on either hand. Ou the Shah's right sat the Cesarevna in a dress of precisely the same fashion as that of 'the Princess of Wales, but of a light pink colour Next to the Cesarevna sat the Prince of Wales, In ordinary morning dre ;S, as were all the English gentlemen and hdies, Beyond the Prince of Wales tne rank 01 Royalties continued on lower teats, the young Prince Waldemar of Denmark the Duchess of Camoriui e, the Duchess of Meckienburii- Strelitz, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Prince Christian having chairs in tne order named. To the leic of the Princess of Wales sat the C sale witch, the Princess Louise, Princess Mary of Cambridge, and the Duke of Teck.. The onah's half brother abd one or two of the Persian Princes were seated in the semicircle, and rows of chairs extenciiug to rlgtlt and leit were filled by the Persian and English suite and by some Indies. The Grand Vizier and one or two of the high fflcera 01 trie Snah's court stood bedud his chair, aud there was a further background formed by the gentlemen in wait- iug on the different Princes, ihe Shah acknowledged the greetings of the ocowd in his usual manner, surveyKd it with hii opera glasses, and conversed a little with the Pi-ineesees Onaifle hirn Mr. Manns' concert being over with the arrival of the Royal party, music gave place to gymnastics, and some gen- Utuien of the German Association exhibited their very extraordinary strength and skill in c imbiug a thick rope hung from the centre of the arch of the oof, in whirling heavy clubs with ease and grace, and in exercises on the horizontal bar. The Shah appeared much interested, and foltowed the climb: rs up and down tha rope witn his glasses. One of the big clubs was carried to the dais, and the Shah felt its weight, the multitude greeting him with a cheer, which was redoubled when the Princess of Wales lifted the club, and when the Prince of Wales also t <ok it up. The performance on the horizontal bar was succeeded hy the saiiful feats of the Japanese troupe, and then Sefior Romah, the great Mexican athlete of the golden wing," took some fl-gati on a trapiza which had been rigged up above the orchestra. In all this the shah seemed tnoroughly interested, baD moot of all, per- haps m tne crowd, which ne scanned agaiu and again, especially .when a great shouting aroso in the south' nave against people who would staiict up and obstruct their neighbour*' view. The gymnasts and jugglers were accompanied through their performances by the mudc of tiie miiisnry bands, also by a doleful refrain which never cea-,elt Oil the glass roof overhead. The rain set-med to gtt worsl1 and worse, aed it seemeJ impossiblejh t nrewoik.1 ci uui be let eff in such a diluge ijyeighii o'clock S, fi Ir R iinah iia,i made his last leap and t irned h somur baui L into the netting below, and then the Shah and iha Royal party left the pavilion aud crossed the ouriidor to t"" rear of it, to witness the next act oi the entertainment, tin' UUpiay oi the great f mntaius. Tiny were all at work, and very beautiful the white water, rising and falling in grouped columns from the various basins, woula havo looked in any other weather. But tht; fountains of the skies spoilt the fountains of the earth, a. d, with a deluge all around, there could be no fascination in watching the leap and lapse of snowy masses and graceful jets. The ciowa in th^j Palace broke up and dispersed tnemselves about the building, only a thousand or so of the more inveterate sightseers forming tiiemSLoves into a phalanx of h roea uader um. brdias ou the steps and ter, ace before the Royal gallery. From the • pera box in the centre of this the SlntU watched the fountains for some tiaie His Majesty was much eheeied and there were loud calls aud cheers also for he Prince 01 Wales. From half past eight till near ten the R .yal party were at in the Queen's corridor, Pond the gas-lit palace was rilled wich sti oiling crowds, listening to the music of the bauds which weie to have played out f doors, or getting what food they cjiild at the varioui places of refreshment. Ao ten o'clock the fireworks begin, and it w,s i,,dee,i sur- prising that the rain had left so much of thtm. Tue grand aet pieces were spoilt and gone there was no help for thit, for the rain had 80c;dened the lance-vv-ork aod wetted tue j matches and portfires. But though the t-hmi's monogram. • aud the nery picture of his Majesty's Teheran Palace of E J Meidaa and the c, enoimous jewelled cascade of golden ( tire" were Wanting, those were but a par. o the ] whole, and there were splendours left sufficient to < mako a very magnificent display. The terraces a .d temples f anu fountains wtre illuminated in red, white, green and ] amber, the Persian colour*. "B itterles of jewel mine* ( rt ckets and roman cauoies by the thousand, flights < f tw-nkllng "tan "(1 il.„iy pigeons, grand sulvoes of mam- e motu shells, the descent of the fiery comet of the Northern t tower, and bursts of Jewels" succeeded each otiMr, despite c the ram, which ceated as the show closed. Maguestum (. "hells flashed the white light of day over Palace allll Park, and a thousand roman candies burnt at once. When all the splendours but one had vanished into the night, there came a pause, and then the master-stroke— o » grand ftnal girandole of sixteen hundred rockets of large f size, fired by electricity from the Royal box by the Shah's ■ own hand. This brought the Jfte to an end the bands played God save the Queen," his Majesty anil the Princes were conducted to their carriages, and the Royal cortige drova away to London soon after half-pist ten ) Not ? } easy and expeditious was the departure of the general public, who had to wait on pJatfqrms for a passage in crowded trams, wlncn slowly made their wav to town The admissions to the Palace were—by season tickets 17,375 on payment, 16,771; total, 3!,14C.

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