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HOW THE BELGIAN VOLUNTEERS ARE TO BE ENTERTAINED IN ENGLAND. The proceedings at the general meeting of the Central Belgian Committee, recently held at Willis's-rooms, and presided over by Colonel Loyd Lindsay, were of a most satisfactory character, and leave no doubt but that suffi- ient funds will be forthcoming to enable the committee ;o do honour to the visitors in a manner which cannot 0 'ail to be creditable to the country. With regard to the .ntended programme of tlie reception and entertainments ;he gallant chairman stated, from a variety of reasons it ivas not considered desirable that the invite should be P, extended beyond a period of 10 days, so that there should be no flagging. In the first place he had the pleasure to iiinounce that Friday, July 12, was the day fixed for she arrival of our Belgian visitors, who it was still believed would muster about 1,000. They were to be brought over by her Maje,sty's ships, and up the river to Woolwich (loud sheers), and would there be met by some three or four river steamers, and be brought by the committee to London, and marched, he believed, to Guildhall, where the Lord Mayor would entertain them at a breakfast or luncheon. After this they would be conducted to their quarters which were being provided for them, as near the West-end of town as possible. On Saturday, the 13th, it was intended to invite the Belgians to Wimble- ion, where they would be received by Earl Spencer, the President, and the Council of the National Rifle Associa- tion, and a silver badge and riband be presented to each as a memorial of their visit to this country. On Sunday it was thought they might pass a pleasant and quiet day in the Zoological Gardens, or as their inclinations dic- tated. On the Monday it was proposed that they should go up the river to Richmond, where a collation would be provided, and all the rowing clubs had been written to, asking them to turn out and make a gala day of it (hear, hear). Miss Burdett Coutts had, not only kindly sent them X50, but had invited the whole of the Belgians on Tuesday, July 15, to a fete at Holly Lodge, Highgate, where they would be enter- tained (applause). It was proposed to assemble them at Albany-street Barracks, and march to Highgate (hear, hear). It was also proposed to take them to see Windsor Castle, where he doubted not but that they would receive the hospitality of her Majesty the Queen (loud applause). On Wednesday, the 17th July, it was pro- posed to give the Belgians what might be called the great fete to our visitors, in the shape of a ball at the Agricultural-hall (hear, hear). He could not speak at that moment positively as to place, but at -all events it would be upon such a magnificent scale that it would be one of the most splendid entertainments ever given in this country (loud cheers). In .addition to this it was the intention of the Lord Mayor to give a banquet to the most distinguished visitors and principal officers at the Mansion-house. The question of a banquet at the Crystal Palace had been mooted, but it was felt that to do the thing properly it would cost something like 30s. per head. Mr. Charles Buxton, M.P., by reason of his recent accident, was unable to give the entertain- ment he had contemplated, but he had forwarded a check for £ 100 (applause). Messrs. Coutts and Co., bankers, had also forwarded 2100 (cheers). The chairman then read a large amount of subscrip- tions, and urged that the provinces should be called upon to contribute, so that this national reception should be concentrated in the metropolis, as from the limited time the Belgians would be here it was impossible to accept the vast number of local demonstrations offered, and he was sure their friends in the provinces would see that it would be invidious to select one place and not another. Resolutions thanking Miss Burdett Coutts and accepting her offer, as well as to Mr. Charles Buxton, were adopted. It was also resolved to ask the principal metropolitan and provincial journals to give leading articles in support of raising funds for this visit as a national matter. It was also suggested to invite yachtsmen to me&t the ships bringing the Belgians over, and in referenca to tlie Crystal. Palace, a gentleman representing the purveyors said they would give a dinner in and pint of wine, with three bottles of bitter ale, to each Belgian, at a-tariff of 8s. 6d. A gentleman representing the authorities of the South Kensington Museu/n at- tended to offer the advantages of that institution for a soiree. Colonel Lindsay finally mentioned that it was intended, with regard to the Agricultural Hall, to follow up the ball with a grand concert, on the -folio .ving Friday. The Observer of the 2nd instant says:—We have authority to state that the arrangements which were in doubt at the time of holding the meeting of the Belgian Reception Committee on Thursday, as to the Agri- cultural-hall being secured for the intended grand ball to the Belgians on their visit to this country, are now perfected, and the ball will take place there on the even ing of Wednesday, the 17th July. Not only is it antici- pated that his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, as president of the committee, will do the honours, but that amongst the principal guests will be their Majesties the King and Queen of the Belgians, and the Count and Countess de Flandres, as also some other foreign princes and persons, of high distinction. The contract for the "decorations and other works have been entrusted to Messrs. J. Defries and Sons, of Holindsditch, and the illuminations, fountains, and other accessories, are to be of a most brilliant character.



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