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THE CIRCUS— AND RAIN
DAMPING THE CLOWN'S JOKES.
Seated under a big spread of can vas yesternight was a huge concourse of people, drawn from all parts of the district. They came to be thrilled, and see the fine horses, and laugh at the clowns, at Wirth's Circus. They got the thrills all right, and admired the beautifully trained hor ses, but there was scarcely a laugh raised by the clown. About half an hour after the show started there came a whistling of
wind, which gradually rose to fight ing power, and the big tent swayed. An army of circus attendants rush ed to the guy-ropes, and stay-poles. With big sledge-hammers long iron pegs were driven into the ground, and additional ropes were put on to hold the main poles. The big wooden structures erected for the flying aeri lists were quickly dismantled; tra pezes & wire-walking apparatus pulled away, and the top of the huge tent was lowered. Mothers became alarmed at the swaying of the tent, and a couple took their children out, but the big crowd stayed on. Then came pelting rain — the fun nel-like part of the top of the tent gathered in many inches of water,
and for an hour it poured down through the aperture at the top. The tent itself was well constructed, and patrons suffered no inconven ience. As a result of the boisterous wea ther, the performance was cut short, and some of the best items on the bill were not given. What there was of the show was good, in patches, but certainly not up to the standard Wirth's Circus had attained during the many previous visits to Gundagai. The menagerie was well worth seeing — Wirth's cer tainly have a fine collection of lions.