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CHESTER CYCLE CARNIVAL. + A SPLENDID PARADE. King carnival held undisputed sway over Chester on Wednesday. His approach had been felt for days, and the minds of the people were filled with the subject, for Cestrians and the inhabitants ef the country round are now proud of their yearly lantern cycle parade. There is cause for any such pride. For a place of the size of Chester, and given equal facilities, there is perhaps no town in the United Kingdom which can boast of so big or so smart an event ou similar lines. On the other hand the parade this year was thought by many to have con- tained fewer-cyclists than was the case last year. This may have been due to any variety or com- bination of circumstances which may not occur again, but it is certain that for splendour, Wednesday's procession was about the best of the series. The streets of Chester were con- siderably more animated all day than is usual, and towards six o'clock even people began to take up positions in order to witness the arrival of the cyclists, &c., and, later on, to see them again in the parade. An hour later all the streets along the route were lined with an eager, bustling, but, on the whole, good humoured crowd, which became denser and denser each minute, until one wondered where all the people came from. Meanwhile the judging was going on at the Linen Hall, where, when it became dark, and the lamps and lanterns were lit, a beautiful scene of splendour and light was presented. Eight o'clock drew on, and at that hour confusion resolved itself into order, and the pageant unrolled itself. At a quick step, well marshalled, and pre- ceded by an army of active skirmishers in the shape of collectors, it wound its way along Nicholas-street into the glare of the electric lights of Grosvenor street. Here it may be mentioned that last year we had not the electric light for the carnival. It was quite as well for the purposes of the event, as the fierce white light made many of the illuminations on bicycles, vehicles, &c., rather sickly by contrast. Electricity, however, was used to some extent in the lighting up of a few of the pieces in the procession with con- siderable effect, especially in the Diamond Jubilee arrangement with a bust of the Queen in the centre, Dr. Vint and the man in a trance, and the Egyptian embassy car. To resume, the procession passed out of Grosvenor-road into Bridge-street, up Northgate-street to the junction of Liverpool and Parkgate roads, then down George-street, Brook-street, Egerton- street, Seller-street (instead of City-road), Foregate-street, Eastgate-street, and North- gate-street again to the Town Hall. The crowds at nearly all points were immense, but happily the processionists were not impeded to the extent they might have been, and they reached the Market Square, where the Regi- mental dep6t band had been playing a capital list of selections, in good time. Here the ground could not be seen for people, and it was at this point that perhaps a better view could be obtained than anywhere else. The procession was headed by the band of 2nd Volunteer Battalion (Earl of Chester's) Cheshire Regiment, followed by the well horsed, smart-looking Eaton fire brigade, and the Chester and George-street cycling clubs Then came the pipers' band, 1st Chester Scottish, the characters being taken by Messrs G. Ellis, J. Samuels, D. Hunter, W. Reid, G Adams, W. Salisbury, F. Simpson, and J Miller. They appeared perfectly at home in th( kilt, and performed on miniature bagpipes much to their own credit, to the wrathfulnesi of musicians, and the uttermost amusement o: the general body of spectators. The decoratec boat,' Indian Scout Canoe,' containing Mr. J. B 5 Green and party, the band of the 1st V.B.R.W.F. the Wrexham, Pulford, and Rossett cycling [ clubs, Connah's Quay brass band, Sandycroft an< Helsby Fire Brigades, and the lady cyclists passed in due order, preceding the Darktown Fire Brigade. The engine was an erection on wheels, built as a caricature of a real manual, and drawn by a donkey, some of the gallant firemen riding, while most of them executed antics of all kinds along the route. The decorated boat Loving couple on honeymoon came after the 1st Flintshire Royal Engineers (Buckley), the steamer and manual with full contingent of men belonging to the Earl of Chester's Fire Brigade, and the Runcorn and Northwich cycling clubs. The tableau was one of the finest in the whole procession, and was regarded with admiration by all who saw it. The boat was tastefully decorated with flowers and ever- greens, and brightened by a large number of tairy lamps, the whole effect being capital. Mr. Broome and party deserve special mention for their ingenuity. Tarporley Town brought up the immediate rear of the loving couple, being followed by the Tarporley Fire Brigade, Tarporley St. Helen's Football Club, and the Tarporley and Clotton I.O.R. Brass Band. Still they came. Robin Hood and his merry men, the next tableau, was an interesting and pretty sight, the Foresters who took the characters being heartily applauded for their Representations. Holt and Farndon, and Kelsall cyclists, with the Liverpool and Crewe wheel- men, formed the front and rear of the Working Men's Mission Brass Band, the Queen's Ferry Fire Brigade and the tableau Bubbles' fol- lowing. This was an exceedingly pretty little arrangement, and the coloured rays of light peeping out through the perforations, with the general rainbow-bued illumination of the vehicle, had a charming effect. It was pleasing to note a large party of Rock Ferry cyclists passing along in front of the marvellous medley of unattached wheelmen, comical camp fol- lowers, and the Christleton Band. Last, and it was a fitting finale to a gorgeous procession, appeared the Egyptian Embassy car. This was the most imposing item in the whole parade, although it would be too much to say it sur- passed the honeymoon couple's boat in some respects. On the car was built an erection of a glorified palanquin type, with uprights and roof all draped in flowing white. Surmounting the roof was a representation of the Sphinx bearing a large electric light, smaller lamps bright with the same illuminant swinging below the roof, and interspersed among the drapery all over the car. The lights, which had been fitted by Mr. F. Jones, were ingeniously con- trived so as to shew white and red alternately, this little idea adding much to the effect, while the revolving wheels on the top of each corner, and worked by one of the suite by means of a crank connected with each, was a clever arrangement which mystified many and interested all. Mr. J. M. Burnett was the ambassador, and the bearers' were Messrs. W. Daniels, W. Schofield, W. War- rington, H. Gardner, and H. Hughes. Mr. Dobbins lent the car. There were other tableaux besides those mentioned. Of these the Runcorn Blue Hungry Band calls for special remark. It was composed of about a score of wandering minstrels, all rags and tatters, with an energetic conductor, and in- struments bent, battered, tuneless, and altogether suitable. The noise they made was indescribable; it was enough to turn one's hair grey, and it was as much enjoyed as-the bagpipes. And then there was Muldoon's Picnic Party (afterwards represented at the Town Hall parade by J. Moore and J. McHale). What a happy lot they were, to be sure, and how they amused them- selves and everybody else! Indeed, the funny element was preponderant-as of course it should be—among both cyclists and collec- tors. Weary Willy and Tired Tim (J. L. Lewis and W. Rasbotham) dragged themselves along most pathetically; the I Wrecks of the Race' (Wilbraham and Lloyd) exhibited the remains of themselves and their clothes to the delighted onlookers; and the Naughty Boy (L. Bebing- ton, Pulford) trotted about with a most woe- begone expression of countenance. Our Back Garden (Ernest Mitchell) was a fearful and wonderful combination of flowers, vegetables, garden implements, and other things, with the spout of a watering can (with a rose at the end) for a nose. The Twin Brothers (H. and T. Pritchard) were very much in evidence, and their original and exactly similar costumes made them conspicuous objects at any distance where a straight view could be obtained. They wore electric lights as breastpins, and had to duck when they passed under the Eastgate. McNab and Mrs. Tinkler (Tasker and Hindley) —they were a very affectionate couple these two-kept the fun going wherever they went, as did also Papa's Little Rosebud (J. E. Barton), who tripped about quite gaily con- sidering her apparent age, which might have been anything from thirty up to fifty-five. So much for the comic section. There were other costumes quite as striking in another way. Miss Mabel Lee, of Whitchurch, was a perfect picture as a match girl, and well deserved her first award. Harvest (Miss B. Compton), was another strikingly picturesque representation, while Little Red Riding Hood and Bonnie Boy Blue (Miss Beattie T. Roberts and Master Ernest Goodwin) were capitally got up and greatly admired. One idea struck two people, J. Billington and E. T. Rose. The former appeared as the X Rays, while the other's nom de plume was 'A Bona fide Company.' Both were dressed alike, yet differently. That is to say, each was encased in tightly-fitting black overalls, on which the bones were painted in white, so as to represent a skeleton. What a difference there must be in the structure of different people! Rose's get-up was awarded a prize; it was especially ghastly, his machine also bearing black lamps, the light streaming out through openings which were well-defined instances of the skull and crossbones. It seems there is also a joke lying about in connection with his name. We cannot leave this descrip- tion of the parade without mentioning two pieces which were of more than ordinary interest. One represented the Diamond Jubilee, and for it Mr. R. M. Jones and Mr. Lawler were awarded the first prize for the best decorated machine. Under an arched roof of flowers, and surrounded with them was placed a bust of Queen Victoria, the whole affair being lighted by electricity. This illuminant, as before stated, was used in the Dr. Vint turnout. It is a year within a fortnight since the memorable ex- posure ot the Doctor' took place, and the subject is not yet dead by any means. Mr. E. Banner personated the mesmerist to perfection, and put a big doll (representing the man in a trance) to sleep in marvellous time. We are informed on reliable authority that the 'man' is yet asleep. Among the many other costumes not mentioned above, and some of which were prize-winners, were Devil's Imp (G. Davy), May Queen, Klondike Miner, Ruination (Miss W. Owen), Black and White (Clegg and Vernon), Mrs. Noblett, of Everton toffee fame, Minnie Palmer (A. E. Eaton), Queen of the Mohicans (Miss Maggie Icke), Chinese Mandarin (G. Stewart), Sweep (C. Wilbraham), Weary Walker (S. C. Coward), Sir Walter Raleigh (Sidney Jones), Parsee (Pharsee) Lady (W. Rowlands), Lord Nelson (A. E. Bohane, Liverpool), Home Rule (Lionel Ruby), Sea Nymph (Miss P. Icke), &c. The parade was by no means over when it reached the Town Hall. The characters were again marshalled in the Market Hall, and they paraded one by one across the stage in the Assembly-room in the Town Hall. This was one of the most amusing parts of the evening's proceedings, the wonderful, ludicrous, ridiculous, and imposing make-ups being shewn in all their beauty or otherwise. Some of the characters skipped across like frightened rabbits, many seemed overpowered by the importance of the occasion, and nearly all of them vastly amused the spectators, for whose edifieation Mr. Ledsham stationed himself at the entrance of the platform, and announced in stentorian tones the name of each character as it came forth. The big Naughty Boy was one of the first to come across, and he hid himself among the audience. for protection. Later on the pipers of the 1st Chester Scottish appeared, and gave a selection, which made the Naughty Boy cry. One of them also danced the sword dance, and shouted his 'hoochs as a true Gael should. Then they mixed up in the crowd and the others came through, being received with unceasing cheers. I The Blue Hungry Band walked on, and in response to repeated calls from the audience gave a selection. It was unique. They started, the conductor waved his baton, the men blew their cheeks out, and went through all the motions, but there was no sound except > the rhythmic beating of the conductor's foot. Cornet and trombone solos followed on the same lines, and the performance ended with f a grand chorus, in which there was plenty of 1 sound. Each man played his own particular selection to his own time, and the effect was > splendid-in one sense. The'Naughty Boy' wept again. At the close of the parade, the Sheriff i (Mr. J. F. Lowe), in the absence of the Mayor, distributed the prizes.—Mr. E. H. Thomas pro- posed a vote of thanks to the Sheriff for his services. He said they felt deeply indebted to the Mayor and Corporation for placing the Town Hall at their disposal for the carnival and their meetings, and he coupled with his proposi- tion not only the Town Council but their officials, who had been most kind.—Mr. A. W. Vernon seconded, and the motion was carried with hearty applause.—Mr. Lowe, in returning thanks, said the object of their efforts was a noble one, for there was nothing better one could do to alleviate the sufferings of mankind than to contribute to the hospital. (Hear, hear.) He proposed a vote of thanks to all who had helped to make the affair a success.—Mr. J. W. Huke seconded, and this was also carried with acclamation. Mr. E. H. Thomas returned thanks.—Dancing was afterwards indulged in. The executive committee are deserving of the highest praise for their efforts. It was com- posed of the following gentlemen :—Mr. E. H. Thomas (chairman), Mr. A. W. Vernon (vice- chairman), Messrs. W. Barlow, G. V. T. Carr, T. Collinson, G. Crowder, W. J. Coppack, P. Dobbins, A. Gregory, J. C. H. Hankinson, B. Hindley, T. Harper, C. J. Harrison, J. Hughes, W. Matthews Jones, R. Jerome, Killick, Kelly, W. Matthias, T. Millington, F. W. Quinn, J. Rowley, T. Robinson, W. Roxburgh, G. Stewart, J. Shone, T. F. Shelby, W. Taylor, jun., J. Warrington, J. Williamson, E. Yates, and Sergt. Kelly, with Mr. W. Hunter (hon. treasurer), and Messrs. W. Bevis, G. Boaz, J. Griffiths, and G. S. N. Hull, the four hard-working secretaries. The judges were—Sections A and B, Messrs. A. E. Wright, J. Brandebourg, and E. Siddall; C, D. and E, Messrs. H. E. Rogers, H. B. Dutton, and F. G. Sewell; F, G, and I, Messrs. J. Nelson, R. E. Denson, and G. W. Dutton; H, J, and K, Messrs. T. Piggott, T. Hart Davies, and E. Lloyd; while the duties of marshals were admirably fulfilled by Lieut. George Harrison (chief marshal), and Messrs. C. Cordery, A. C. H. Davies, P. Dobbins, T. Farrell, T. E. Green, R. Jerome, W. Ledsham, A. H. Long, T. Robin- son, H. F. Rush ton, Jas. Taylor, John William- son, W. H. Johnson, and Sergeants Jones and Kelly. The arrangements of the City Police were admirable, and the members of the force kept splendid order with an urbane firmness which ruffled few. PRIZE LIST. Best decorated bicycle, lady's or gentleman's 1, R. M. Jones; 2, G. Stewart; 3, Sidney Jones; extra, T. Jones, Whitby. Decorated tricycle, lady's or gentleman's; H. Dunning. Most original and best decorated vehiole: 1, Darktown Fire Brigade 2, Tarporley St. Helen's F.C.; 3, Weary Willy and Tired Tim. Best tableau 1 and 2. Chester District A.O. of Foresters (Robin Hood) and Mr. J. M. Burnett and party (Egyptian Embassy), equal; 3, Runcorn Blue Hungry Band 4, Pipers Band, 1st Chester Scottish. Decorated boat on wheels 1, Mr. Broome and party (Loving Couple on Honeymoon): 2, Mr. J. B. GreeH (Indian Scout Canoe). Original combination, costume and decorated machine: 1, E. T. Rose 2, E. S. Banner 3, E. Ratcliffe and Roscoe. Comically dressed cyclist: 1. Wilbraham and Lloyd (Wrecks of the Race) 2, L. Bebington, Pul- ford (Naughty Boy); 3, P. G. Ashfield, Crewe (Feeding Bottle). Neatest dressed lady in fancy costume 1, Miss Mabel Lee, Whitchurch (Match Girl); 2, Miss M. Icke (Sea Nymph): 3, Miss P. Icke (Queen of the Mohicans); extra, Miss W. Owen (Ruination). Youth's prize (boy or girl under 16), best com- bination dress and machine 1, Patston (Red Riding Hood) 2, D. B. Nixon (Moorish Boy). Collector in most original costume 1, E. N. T. Mitchell, Liverpool (Our Backyard) 2, Messrs. Pritchard (Twin Brothers) 3, A. E. Bohane (Nelson) extra, A. Hood. Collector in most comical costume 1, J. E. Barton (Papa's Little Rosebud) 2, S. C. Coward (Rats) 3, F. Dobie (Baby). Largest collection—Ladies 1, Miss Jones, 49, St. Anne-street, 93 6s. 7d.; 2, Miss Wells, Princess-street, £ 2 12s. ll £ d.; 3, Miss Hacker, Upper Northgate-street, £ 2 12s. lid.; 4, Miss L. Dutton, Princess-street, JE2 5s. 9. Gentlemen collectors 1, C. R. Williams, Hoole, 93 11 s. 6d. 2, J. Davies, Industrial School, X2 6s. 2d. 3, J. Boulter, West-street, £1 14s.; 4, Needham, Catherall's Buildings, 11 11s. 8d. Largest col- lection with poles 1, W. A. Lunn, Xl 18s. 8d. 2, Price, 19s. 6d.; 3, H. Wilcox, Bradford-street, 128. Od. The result of the youths' collection will be issued later on. THE FINANCIAL RESULT. From the purely financial point of view the parade has been a gigantic success, the record having been beaten easily. Altogether the amount gathered in by the 350 collectors amounted to JE130 13s. 4d., of which ElO5 4s. 4d. was copper-there were five hundredweights of it-the rest being in silver. Last year the amount collected was X112 odd, and it is curious to note that the extra X20 or so was this year altogether made up of copper, the silver remaining about the same. The Chester Hospital Saturday Committee, the Chester Cycling Club, and the secretaries are to be congratulated on the result of their efforts.