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THE PIED PIPER CELEBRATION.

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THE PIED PIPER CELEBRATION. Writing from Hamelin on Sunday the correspon- dent of the Daily News says The Sexcentenary of the Pied Piper, whose story is so familiar in England by Browning's poem, was cele- brated here yesterday and to-day most successfully. All the streets and houses of this quaint old Hano- verian town were gaily decorated with flags, oakleaf garlands, and mottoes. Little figures and busts of the rat-catcher, Hunold, stood in many windows, and the bakers did a great trade in cakes shaped as rats. Dense crowds, numbering many thousands had arrived from neighbouring towns and villages, and filled the streets. The festival began yesterday J afternoon with a procession representing the delivery t of the town from the rats. First appeared a band in < red and white costumes of the thirteenth century to clear the streets. Soon after the Pied Piper left what is still known as the ratcatcher's house, and, playing i on his pipe, walked through the streets. The person, t who acted the part very well, wore a brown jerkin, I kneebreeches, and a scarlet hat with long, red cock's t feathers. At the shrill strains of the pipe the children e of Hamelin town, all dressed and disguised as rats, emerged from doorways and hiding-places, and followed t the Piper, forming an ever-increasing troop. The pro- cession passed through the same streets as are described by the legend, and on reaching the Fishgates num- bered some 500 children of all ages, all representing E rats. The procession then marched across the fine chain bridge which spans the Weser river, and passed to the left bank, where a popular fete came off on the ( plateau of the Klritberg, which was well furnished t with tents, tables, and benches. Some 10,000 persons t gathered in the large festival hall, which was illumi- t nated by the electric light. An excellent representa- tion of tableaux showing scenes from the legend took i place, followed later by a banquet and ball. To-day's second part of the celebration represented. the carrying off the children. Again the piper j walked through the streets playing a merry tune, while the children—but more than one hundred and thirty as the legend tells us-ran gaily after him, being followed in turn by their parents and the burghers, all in the costume of the time. The- entire procession numbered over 1000 persons. On the left bank of the river a narrow cleft in the hillside had been improvised with pine trees and branches, and into this the piper disappeared, followed by the j children. Thus was the mournful event of 1284 symbolically repeated at Hamelin town 600 years later.

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---THE CASE OF LORD ST. LEONARDS.

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