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THE PENTWYN REGATTA. THIS great annual event came off on Thursday last, and was a most decided success. For many weeks past the public have been anxiously awaiting the day, and even before the commencement of this week every available vehicle in the town was engaged for the occasion. The day was beauti- fully fine, the air having been greatly cleared and the dust considerably abated by the rain which passed over the town on the previous (Wednesday) evening. The sun, however, shone down from a t cloudless sky with an intensity almost equal to the heat of an Indian climate, and as the great crowds proceeded towards the Pant Station, either walking or in the 'busses, it was quite evident +'>y would have wished the day to be somewhat cooler, and that many bottles of cider and ginger pop would be consumed during the hours of the race, both as a means of slacking the thirst of the assembled thousands, and, also, cooling for the while their scorching brows. The ladies, too, sported their "parachutes" with a malicious glee, and numerous, indeed, were the young men who envied their fair friends or "cousins" the prive- lege they enjoyed of shading themselves from the sun with that light, tiny, and yet most useful composition of silk, steel, wire, and fancy wood The male sex, however, might carry their umbrellas, and many of them did so, too. But then the great bore of constently holding up that large un- wieldy shade, and the warmth of ones hands from constantly keeping a tight hold of the thick handle, and the difficulty of guarding your umbrella from being smashed or carried away while you pressed through the crowd to get a good view of the race, and the vexatious annoyance arising from the said umbrella frequently catching in the slender veil of a passing lady's hat or bonnet — all those are things which leave a very large" black mark against the utility of umbrellas on a very warm day. And, indeed, en resume, we don't wonder that the unprotected gentlemen should feel jealous of the more fortunate females, who, some- how or other, generally have a better means of guarding themselves from too gr .i.t heat during the summer, than those of the "rougher sex." We wish-in our anxiety for the" benefit of the public," of which the young gents form a large part!—that those admirable little "parachutes" would become the fashion for both sexes and we don't see any reason why the contrary should be- as it really is-the rule of fashion Agitate the question, young men and against our ne^ Regatta you may be able to sport your little green shade with as much independence as those mono- polising females But, en passant, we must not wander away from the Regatta We are on the road to the Pant Station. Thanks to that most omnipotent little coin, called by the driver a "bob," we have got a seat on the 'bus, and we look down with compassion on the unfortu- nates who trudge along on foot. Ecce signum t, _q i? what a noise and bother We must drive along almost at a snail's pace, if we wish to prevent run- ning over some of the emigres in the crowds about us. Vive what a number of people turn out on a jour clejete What a motley crowd panted along the road to the Pant on Thursday last The dashing shop boy, and the neat looking mil- liner the rough hewn labouring man, and his strong-looking fair co-partner the scorched-faced ironworker, and crisp-cheeked tip-girl the aban- doned bully from China," and his equally de- praved inamorata the oily-headed ginger-bread man, and his red-faced" Juliet;" the ragged little urchin who cries out cigar lights—cigars here 1" the perspiring little gamin who bores you to buy the 'kreckt card of the race, names of the boats, crews, and reg'lar colors the blind bareheaded man appealing in that tone of mock-piety so well assumed by such individuals, as they appeal to the passers-by for a copper for the poor blind man -all those different characters were to be met with on the way to the Pant Station on Thursday, and therefore, it can be easily imagined that the passage of vehicles—especially 'busses—to the station was not an easy or uncritical matter. But, on arrival at the Pant, it was there the real shoving, and crushing, and scorching had to be endured. Numbers were waiting for the different trains to take them to Pentwyn, and the rush for tickets was very great. After much difficulty we n procured that indispensible little bit of a square blue card, with the necessary words imprinted thereon, and then, after more considerable trouble, we suc- ceeded in squeezing ourselves into one of the railway carriages. Here we waited for some time among a crowd of panting, puffing, and perspiring males and females, who enjoyed quite as much of a Turkish bath as they could have got at the offices in Merthyr. At length the big engine gave the warning screech or whistle, the railway porters bustled about driving back the too-late intruders, and we, with thankful hearts, felt ourselves drawn along by the hissing monster towards the great scene of the day's ultimatum. After some minutes endurance of the most suffocating pressure and almost insupportable heat, we at length arrived at our journeys end, and with joyous feelings beheld THE GROUNDS AND LAKE, towards which all were streaming along. Here, sistc viatur on the brink of the excited scene, and let us enjoy a quiet perspective of the sights around us Here let us view nature and some of the souls that people her surface and here at the entrance let us pop ourselves down on the green sward, and enjoy a good view of the lake, with those on and about it. The crowd still passes us on, surging, and wheeling, and humming, and blowing, the females with the large crinolines and heavy shawls staggering for- ward like so many jaded amazons following in the wake of a retreating army. and their faces bearing a ruddy hue, which, in any other instance, one might think to be the tinge of grog blossoms." The men also push onward. some lightly and with seeming ease, others heavily and with apparent difficulty. Handkerchiefs of every colour are in frequent requisition, and the pleasure seakers wipe away the big spots of sweat from their brows, only to make room for others larger and more weakening. On yonder road comes a long line of cars, cabs, "flies," and han'soms, with difficulty breaking a passage through the crowds, the lucky folks inside enjoying the scene with real gusto, and the sun-burnt drivers outside shouting, and cursing, and threatening, and puffing, and beating those around, and "ge-who-o'ing" to their tottering horses to go ou faster. Then there is a. rush by the crowd, and some of those outside drop an umbrella, or a parachute, or a kid glove, or perhaps a silver coin, to have it trampled upon and demolished by those behind. But-the thousand pass on and we still sit in the same spot!—we who should be first amongst the most forward! -1CC, who should mind neither crush nor heat, nor bustle, but should pay attention only to our own metier for the result of which thousands will be seeking on the morrow, and, which, we pledge our honest word, is quite enough of a task by itself Frolt, Pudor we must not tarry for it vs approaching the hour, and Euge the boats are now muster- ing for the first race. VV e push on, then, and find our- selves on the brink of the lake. Here the scene is. all animation. Firstly the clear water of the lake itself is dotted at intervals with crowded boats, the merry crews forgetting everything except the scene of the moment, and the enjoyment thereof. Around the place, where the boats are placed which are to run for the first prize of the day, there is a very anxious crowd of lookers-on, from the midst of which lusty cheers frequently issue. Then, nearer home the canvass tents are arranged, the occupants of URHINLI SRO r« RV»*T h'M 4-V.I- ,1 t