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i A writer in the DailJj News gives the following sketch of the day's proceedings Before eleven a.m. all Brighton was practising Oh who will o'er the Downs so free." We say all Brighton advisedly, for with a view of ascertaining how much and how Uttle the town was participating in the event of the day we explored its back streets, composed of modest £ 15 or £ 20 holdings and found them invariably empty. The population fol- lowed the Volunteers While these latter were in the town every house commanding a view of them, every thorough- fare leading to where they were was curiously, abnormally full. When they made their way to the Downs, then were doors locked, and every soul, from the baby in arms upwards, made their way, or had the way made for them, to the same spot. Any of the predatory classes with a leaning to burglary would have found Brighton a happy hunting-ground after the time named and there was some- thing very remarkable in the unanimity of absence amongst the householders and tenants of the miles of streets we passed through. That the King's-walk, the Pier, the Steyne, and the other ordinary ltuusing places of the leisurely classes should be deserted was a thing of course; but few people, we imagine, would be prepared for the utter emptiness to be met with in thoroughfares which are presumably filled by people with wcrk to do, and to whom holidays mean pre- arraugement, and often previous self-denial Again, every conceivable vehicle in or' connected with Brighton must have been on its way towards the Downs soon after ten. The very few flymen to be 8een on the accus- tomcd stands looked melancholy and ideas had been too exorbitant, and who w^? bitterly that they should have let drop the bone in tof mouth of an offered 30s. for the day, for the 0f f ™nra sentative shadow in the water of some fabulously h<gh"r The high road to the Downs was a complete block. The well known Brighton types—the fashionable old gentlemen who appear to flourish and look buckish to a far greater age there than in any other place in the world the men whose girth and appeararce always suggests hidden straps, and pad?, and buckles; the City editions of the Park and Row; the Greeks, the Jews—were all in greater force than ever: Ladles to match these gentlemen, and to match nothing but their own fair selves—ladies with ravishing toilettes and unlimited hair, ladies from school, from shops, from the hotels and mansions, on horseback, on drags, and in carriages, were all hurryiDg in hot haste to the broad expanse on which England's citizen-soldiers were appearing expanse on which England's citizen-soldiers were appearing in their strength. Fortunately, the space was ample, and though as it seemed from the Grand Stand every inch of standing place between the point where the Volunteers assembled previously to the march past and that at the end of their march, four miles off, was occupied, the ground is so favourably situated for a review that all comers obtained a place. The scene from the Stand was simply magnificent. J1"! rhe undulating ground rises and laus in sucn a way as to rive full effect to any moving mass of colour, and when the "thin red line" of the 2fi Londons and the Tower Hamlets Engineers, or the waving kilts of the London Scottish were traced from the saluting point, round the dis- tant corner and down to Ovinedean, the effect was magical. General the Hon. Sir James Yorke Scarlett, G.C.B., and a brilliant staff, took up their position opposite the Grand Stand, and in the place marked out for them by the white standard of England, and past them came the army. We chose a place within the lines, and on the grass by the railings. Far away to the right lay a smiling expanse of waveless sea, a few steamers, yachts, and boats at anchor, and decorated with many flags in honour of the day, dot- ting its glittering surface; above u. was an Italian sky while to the left, and as far as the eye could reach in ahead of us, were the wavy Downs. Biighton lay behind, that most excellent institution the new Sussex Hospital shutting out part of it, and the conformation of the land preventing other and some of its best-known portions being seen. There were luncheon parties lit the carriages, and pleasant and proud recognitions of friends among the Volunteers; and there were other general features resembling our metropolitan festivals, our Derby Day Ascot, or what not. There were, too, the usual humours among the crowd. The ventriloquist, who, out of the open mouth of a singularly bald and wooden doll, speckled as if with pimples, evolves lessons of deep political import; the dealer in art, who vends portraits of public characters, and whose chef d'eeuvre was a likeness of Mr. Bright, in sky-blue lllLLLlJL I, II C"1,1 r''nlr 'W* rf>hfignf cHm«nr. voivnt. and ermine "the way he allers dresses since he's jined the Governmentthe poor demented lady, concerning whom a powerful black horse, and halt Masked, or with a thick veil so arranged as to perform a mask's duty, is seen at military spectacles all over Europe, always unattended, always fault- lessly appointed as an equestrienne, and never without a sword by her side the exaggerated Punchinello with hunch and nose, who combines as "People's Jester" the didactic prosiness of Mr. Wallett with the humour of HanwtU's padded room, all these and hundreds of other minor notabilities were on the Downs. There was an improvisatore, too, who kept his audience i'i a roar by his shrewd comments upon the various incidents of the moment, giving an oration full of patho?, and showing no small powers of observation, as well as minute accuracy in detail. This man, who might have been the Grand of the venerable society of Cogers, so fluent was he, professed to make a speech upon any topic set him by the crowd, reserving to himself the right of veto if he considered he could not improve their minds with the subject chosen as much as with one of his own and sending round his hat at the conclusion of a ten minutes speech, with a far more liberal response than the nature of the entertainment seemed to promise It was as if the Eastern story-teller of Cairo had been transferred to Sussex, and with license to relate and pass criticisms on the subjects of the hour. Why Lord Bury woie a large white pugaree on his uniform hat, thus violating the regulation dress ? whether the countrymen fresh from the plough, who led the stout steeds har- nessed to the gun carriages, would not have looked better In uniform ? what was Lord Elcho's opinion of himself and the impression he was makinz at the precise moment 01 his saluting the general and of causing his horse to curvet and bound?—these and other questions, trivial in themselves but made trenchant bv the intense comicality of the speaker's manner and the mock earnestness with which he pointed out the objects of his satire, drew roars of appreciative laughter and many coppers from the light-hearted holiday crowd.




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