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AMÜSEMENTS.

At the Theatre Rojal, on Saturday evening, the pro- gramme which was given on the occasion of Mr. Reeve's benefit, was repeated to an excellent house. The dres3 circle was crowded, tho stalls woi ewell ulled, and the pit and family circle contained a fair Bprmkltnjr of people. The pieces, as our readers will romerah M', wem "Still Waters Run Deep" and '/Cool as a Cucumber," and ootli went quite us smoothly and successful!) aá on the former

occasion.

. The Victoria Theatre was moderately well aitendul on Saturday evening. The performance comment ed with the romantic drama " The Chaieoul Bumei, or the Diojjp'ns? Well of Knareeboro'. " Mr. E. Holloway took the p_ t ot the Charcoal Burner very well, and Sir«. Holloway made an excellent Edith Harrington, (he orhf-r characters beins tolerably well sustained. Artei a distubu tion of Chustiimt. Guts " The Rough Diuraond'?) waa

played, with Mis. Holloway as Margery, and Mr. Bland

Holt a« Captain Blenheim

There was a good attendance at the Queen's Thxaheon Saturday evening, when " Chiirles the Second, or the Merry Monaich," aud .' King IConkobus, or the adven- tures of the Princes» Charming," weie plujed.

Hicks's Georgia Minstrels had a full house at the School of Arts cn Saturday evening, when .in entei tauuneut, sinulni to that of previous evenings, was given.

A concert, got up by the Tiadcs and Labour Council, WHS given at the Protestant Hall on Saturday evening-, in aid of 'the Seamen's Union. The arrangements in view of the possibility of the strike coming to an ond weie not of the most complete nature, but for all that there was some good music, and the attendance numbered between 500 end 600. It is anticipated when the accounts aro made up that theic will be n b dance of profit of over £30.

In order to make up for the disappointment consequent ?upon his first appearance > here as an aeronaut, Mi-. H. I/Estrange attempted, on Saturday last, another balloon ascent. On this occasion he chose Belmore Pink lor his operations, and the fact of this being within a few hundred yards of three large gasometers, justified him and tho pub- lic in apprehending that his efforts to keep faith with his patrons would be attended with success. The filling of the balloon commenced at seven o'clock in the morn- ing-,- and it was anticipated that the piocess of inflation would be accomplished in four or five hour«--This anticipation indicated a - great deal of confidence in the available mechanical appliances of the Gas Company, which was not fulfilled, by subsequent facts, for by 3 o'clock in the afternoon the balloon was scarcely three parts full oí gan. About this time, or a little after, a large number of people assembled near the balloon ; larger numbers congregated outside the iron railings of the park, and larrikins almost innumerable dropped over the enclo- sures, regardless of the presence of a lance body of constables ostensibly present to keep order. During this time the balloon was taking in gas, but at rather a slow rate, aad it was not < until about 5 o'clock that the aeronaut appeared on the scene with his mind made up that the time to ascend had' arrived. The balloon, as he cast his oyo over it, presented a pretty appearance as it surged about under the influence of the wind. It was not by any means filled, but there wore evidences about it leading to the conclusion that it would at least carry Mi. -'Estrange and the car attached to it. Mr. L'Estrange was evidently of this opinion, for he gave some final orders, and the car was hitched on and placed in posi- tion. Then followed one of those almost indescribable scenes of confusion attending nearly evciy bal- loon- ascent attempted in Sydney, and which to a large extent hamper the movements of aeronauts, and adversely interfere with the men they engage to assist them. A crowd numbering several hundreds ot individuals clustered round the balloon like a lot of bees, and although they were manifestly animated by a desire to be of service to the aeronaut, their good offices made it appear as if tho balloon would never get clear of them. At last, howevei, the order was given to " let go." At this the'balloon went away at a tolerably quick rate, dragging the car along the ground for a hundred yards or so, or, in fact, until it was captured, and taken back to starting point. Some ballast was thrown out, and "let go" was lepeated. This time it appeared as if the balloon was going to ascend. Instead of groping along, the ground, as in the fit st instance, it went up for about fifty feet in an almost direct line. This was only a delusive movement, however, for it descended as rapidly as it ascended. The people made a lane for it, whereupon it went straight towards a fence. Here the wind got under the parachute, and lited the whole apparatus over the fence, and almost into the faces of a number of persons on balconies attached to Carter's barracks. It looked as if it was going to strike these buildings, but the wind and the parachute1 got into operation together again «nd lifted it over them in splendid style. About this time it became evident to Mr. L'Estrange that playing hide and seek amongst chimney tops was not in his programme, and as it wa« patent also to that gentleman, that the balloon would not ascend, he let ont his anchor with the view of making it take a contrary direction. The anchor diagged for a considerable distance but eventually it caught in the spouting of a building and threw the balloon into the dry- ing ground of the Benevolent Asylum. Here it got entangled amongst a lot of wires used''for "drying clothes on. These wires were stretched in the vicinity of posts which perforated the balloon and let the 'gas out in'less seconds than it had taken hours to go in.. Mr. L'Estrange had several narrow escapes from being thrown out of the car. and on one occasion was thrown into the netting by the balloon canting over., He managed to reach the ground with the assistance of some inmates of the institution, and was immediately carried inside the building. It was found that he was not seriously injured, although rathor badly bruised about the knees. The balloon is almost irreparablv

damaged, but,Mr. L'Estrange'is satisfied that he will yet ¡ make a balloon ascent from Sydney. The gas hitherto ¡ placed at his disposal, he says, is sot so buoyant as he de- . sires, and he is entertaining the idea of making gas

of a much lighter quality. It is to be hoped that his luture ' efforts will he more successful than those of the past. , Hitherto he has manifested much courage and daring, and it is to be regretted, now that the danger of ballooning is reduced almost to a minimum, and ascents are common in many parts of the world, that his exertions as an aeronaut here hâve been a disappointment to himself and to the public. ? *. , '

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