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ovum K&jysijyuTuis UAKU^JSH.


ovum K&jysijyuTuis UAKU^JSH. Saturday being the anniversary of the late Prince Consort's birthday, the Royal Horticultural Society's Gardens at South Kensington were, in accordance with the special provision of her Majesty the Queen, thrown open to the public free of any admission fee. The Queen, who is patron, desired that, as these beautiful gardens were founded by his Royal High- ness, the public should be thus admitted on his birth- day in memoriam. Last year was the first occasion OR wnion tms was uone, when, tne day being exceed- ingly fine, as many as 153,000 persons availed them- selves of the permission and although there were sixty to eighty thousand present at one time, not the slightest wilful injury happened to the flower beds. This waa the more creditable, as the people had but a limited space to move about in. On Saturday last the weather was again as pleasant as could be wished, and it is computed that 130,000 persons assembled. The gates were opened at ten o'clock, soon after which visitors passed through them, and by eleven o'clock nearly 4,000 were in the gardens; by noon upwards of 12,000 had entered. In the afternoon the numbers increased even more rapidly, about 30,000 having entered by the south-east gate alone at four o'clock. Special arrangements had been made by the council for the convenience of the visitors, and, under the direction of Mr. Inspector Gibbs, who had a force of 115 constables on duty in and about the gardens, they were admirably carried out. The western arcades were fitted up for the sale of refreshments at published prices, while a portion of the gardens were set apart for those who had brought their own provisions and preferred to lunoh al fresco. The bands of various volunteer regiments were in attendance as well as those of the police, and performed most efficiently during the day. The cascades and the large Majolica fountain formed a continual source of attraction as did a very pretty oolllection of orchids and flowering plants in the conservatory, the Saturday show taking place as usual. In the afternoon Mr. Frank Backland's interesting fish- hatching apparatus and Mr. Waterhouse Hawkins's beehives were shown, and both excited the liveliest curiosity. This year the society has adopted the plan of allow- ing the public to visit the gardens at a very reduced charge during the months of August, September, and October, which probably accounts for the absence of most of the schools that attended last year, as the managers probably prefer paying a small sum, that their children may be more at their ease than where there is such a vast crowd present. Hundreds of the visitors, after spending an hour or two in this delight- ful place, visited the South Kensington Museum, which was also open to the public as usual on Satur- days. Her Majesty will be pleased to learn that so many thousands of her subjects were thus enabled to enjoy themselves, and that their respect and love for the memory of the good Prinoe who has passed away were abundantly proved by the admirable manner in which they one and all conducted themselves. A better sample of good temper and obliging courtesy was never shown by any body of people assembled for enjoyment.

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