VICE-REGAL VISIT TO THE PORT.
The second day's proceedings in connec tion with the Record Reign celebrations at Fremantle passed off successfully yester- day. The weather was fine, though the sky was overcast. The town again wore a holiday appearance, most of the business establishments being closed, and the streets were gaily decorated with flags and loyal devices. The principal attractions yester day were the visit of His Excellency the Governor and a Ministerial party to per- form the ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the new Victoria Pavilion on the oval, and the holding of a series of athletic events on the recreation ground. The Mayor of Fremantle (Mr. E. Solo- mon, M.L.A.), Mr. R. Fairbairn, R.M.; the town clerk (Mr. G. B. Humble) and a number of leading citizens at the Port met the vice-regal party en the arrival of the 10 o'clock train from Perth. His Excellency Sir Gerard Smith, was accompanied by Lady Smith, Miss Smith, and his Private Secretary (Mr. D. B. Ord), and the Ministry was represented by the Acting-Premier (Mr E. H. Wittenoom) and the Commis- sioner of Railways (Mr. F. A. Piesse). A guard of honour composed of the Fre mantle Infantry Corps under Capt. J. A. E. Humble, was also drawn up on the sta
tion. Outside the railway station a
procession was formed, the marshalling ar rangements being in the hands of Mr. E. H. Gliddon.The Fremantle First Infantry Band under Bandmaster Fay, headed the pro- cession, and then came about 400 school girls, followed by a detachment of a similar number of boys, from the various schools. The members of the Fremantle Fire Brigade, with all their appliances, came next, and after them positions were allotted the different Friendly Societies at the Port. A number of the bodies announced to take part in tho procession, however, did not put in an appearance, and the only societies represented were the Independent Order of Good Templars, Protestant Alliance, and the Ancient Order of Foresters. The Revs. R. Hanlin, W. F. Turton, and A. J. Barclay followed the Friendly Societies, and next in order were the members of the North Fremantle and Fremantle Councils, after which came about a dozen members of Parliament. The vice-regal party, flanked on either side by the military de tachment forming the guard of honour, brought up the rear. The line of march was thronged with sightseers. The pro- cession marched to the Oval by way of Cliff, High, and William streets. On en- tering the gates the school children took up a position in the enclosure opposite the new pavilion, and as the vice-regal party passed into the grounds the children sang the National Anthem very heartily. At its conclusion His Excellency was conducted to the new pavilion, and the ceremony of laying the foundation-stone was performed.
THE NEW PAVILION AT THE OVAL. LAYING THE FOUNDATION STONE.
On his arrival at the ground His Excel- lency was conducted to the temporary plat- form erected on the site of the new build- ing. On the platform were gathered a large number of ladies and gentleman, amongst the latter being, in addition to His Excellency and the Government House party, the Acting-Premier (Mr. E.H. Witte noom, M.L.C.), the Commissioner of Rail- ways (Mr. F. H. Piesse, M.L.A.), Mr. A. B. Kidson, M.L.C., the Mayor of Fremantle (Mr. E. Solomon, M.L.A.), Mr. J. J. Higham, H.L.A., Mr. Henry Briggs, M.L.C., the acting-Mayor of North Fremantle (Mr. R. Dearle), the Town Clerk of Fremantle (Mr. G. B. Humble), the Rev. R. Hanlin, the Rev. W. F. Turton, and the councillors of Fremantle and North Fremantle.
The MAYOR, in presenting His Excellency with an address from the Mayor, coun
cillors, and citizens of Fremantle, referred
to the remarkable advancement which had taken place in every part of the British Dominions since Her Majesty ascended the throne. He affirmed that no more loyal people were to be found in those dominions than the people of Fremantle. He con- gratulated His Excellency on the way in which he had carried out the duties of his office since he had been in the colony. The Mayor then read the address, as follows : "To His Excellency Lt.-Colonel Sir Gerard
Smith, Knight Commander of the most distinguished order of St. Michael and St. George, Governor and Com mander-in-Chief in and over the colony of Western Australia and its depen- dencies, etc., etc.
"May it please your Excellency,-We, the Mayor, Councillors, and Burgesses of Fremantle have great pleasure in again welcoming Your Excellency and Lady Smith to our town on this memorable occasion, when we are celebrating the un- precedented reign of our Most Gracious
"We congratulate Your Excellency that you have the honour of being Her Majesty's representative in this colony in this aus- picious year, and although we have already expressed our sympathy and esteem to Her Majesty by means of an address, yet we desire to reiterate to you our loyalty and devotion to Her Majesty's throne and
"In asking Your Excellency and Lady Smith to be present with us to-day to per- form the ceremony of laying the founda-
tion-stone of the Victoria Pavilion in our Oval, we rejoice with Your Excellency that you have the pleasure of presiding ever the deliberations of an Executive Council, the members of which are in full sympathy
with the wishes of the people; and we desire to express our gratitude through you to the Ministry for their generous gift of £1,500 towards this erection, which we hope to complete for about £4,000.
"We trust that Your Excellency, Lady Smith and the whole of the members of your family will enjoy your residence amongst us, and that you may have many happy reminiscences of your sojourn in the
colony of Western Australia. Signed on behalf of the inhabitants of Fremantle,
" E. SOLOMON, Mayor. " GEO. BLAND HUMBLE, Town Clerk." Fremantle, 25th June, 1897.
His Excellency the GOVERNOR, in reply, said that it was with the greatest pleasure and satisfaction that he had had tho oppor- tunity of visiting Fremantle on that most
interesting occasion. The occasion of I jubilee had been, ho thought, no more highly appreciated in any part of "Western Australia than in the loyal town of Fre- mantle. Though everyboly was proud of the capital city of Perth, and though they were proud of the goldfields, of the mag- nificent ports of Albany and Bunbury and other places, it must not be forgotten that Fremantle was really the birthplace of Western Australia-(" hear, hear," and applause)-that it was at Fremantle that tho growth of Western Australia first com- menced. He had been reading only the other day-and ha had had the honour of showing it to his honourable and esteemed friend, Mr. Wittenoom-the first com- mission granted by King William IV. in 1828 to Captain (aftarwards Sir James) Stirling. With permission he would be very pleasad to publish the original document if it were considorcd sufficiently interesting. Ifc would be in- teresting to know that the first instructions Captain Stirling received were to make a careful selection of a good harbour and an anchorage for His Majesty's vessels, and for thosa which might bo expected to come to the colony of Western Australia. The greatest care was to be shown in the selection of a suitable spot. Tile selection had been made at Fremantle, and he was sure that the people of Western Australia, however prosperous they might be, would always look upon Fremantle with the greatest possible intsrest and pride. They were on the present oc- casion laving the foundation-stone of what appeared to be a very handsome and interesting pavilion, designed for the pur- pose of providing the necessary accommo- dation and encouragement for healthful, open-air sports. (Applause.) On an occa- sion like that he might say that thero was nobody who took a greater interest in all manly and healthful sports designed to promote the well-being and health of the people than the Prince of Wales; while all the members of the Royal Family had shown themselves -sportsman in the true sense of the word. Those who indulgid fl in sports on that ground would do well te remember tho bright example set them in all matters apertaining to sport by the members of the Royal Family. The address presented to him was of a highly artistic character, and its contents were of great interest to him. The addresses which he received were always prized by him, and they were hung up in the hall at Government House. It was indeed a source of gratification to him that he had the honour of being present on that occasion as the representa- tive of Her Majesty in Western Australia, which was not the least amongst the dependencies of,the Empire, and which was destined to occupy a much higher place in the future than it had in the past, by reason of its com- mercial growth, and mineral and in- dustrial products. The address would be copied and the copy forwarded to the Secretary of State for the Colonies, and in due course would be laid before Her Majesty. It would afford him great plea- sure to convey the Mayor's expressions of gratitude to the Ministry for their liberality in respoct of the pavilion, the foundation-stone of which they were that day laying. The Government of this colony would, he hoped, be always mindful that there-were other-things necessary to the health and comfort of the people than merely constructing ports oi commercial works. " All work and no play mad© Jack a dull boy," and tho Government were doing the right thing in providing fpr the recrea- tion of the people. Therefore he would fulfil the desire expressed by the people of Fre
mantle m tue address toy tlianfimg tue
Ministry foi their generosity. In con-
clusion he thanked the Mayor for his I persona) expressions of goodwill towards himself and his family. During the l8 months he had been living in Western Australia he had come to be sincerely fond of the colony. He admired the scenory and was devoted to the climate, and he had never enjoyed better health in his life
than during his stay here. He had done |
his best at all times to properly discharge
the duties of his office, and when the time I came for him to leave the colony he trusted
that he would part from the peeplo with j the utmost good feeling. j
Three cheers were then given for His Excellency. "
Mr. WITTENOOM, who was greeted with applause, said that the very able and com-
prehensive speech of His Excellency left j
little fer him to say. He was very glad to have had the opportunity of being present to thank the citizens of Fremantle, through then Mayor, for their expression of thants
to the Ministry Ho assured them, on be- '? half of tho Government, that it was always a pleasure to them to contribute as much
as possible to the amusement as well as the j welfare of the people. He had always taken, and the Government had always
taken a great interest in Fremantle, and I for evidence thafc>they endeavoured to for- j
ward the interests of the Port, as well as
other parts of the colony, people had I only te look at the great harbour works [ which were in progress, and at other 1 public buildings in the two-towna, not |
omitting the splendid building, the f ounda tion-stene ef which was then being laid. He thought that people in other parts of the colony would excusa the Government for granting the sum of ¿£1,500, which they had given tor th« erection of that building, when it was considered that the people of the Port had been enterprising enough to provide an additional sum of £2,000 for the work. The Government wa3 always ready to assist these who helped themselves. (Applause.) He did not think that any- one would deny that the pavilion was neces- sary when they saw such a large crowd assembled that day. He hoped that a very large majority of them belonged to Fre- mantle, and if so the pavilion would be well and truly used, and would be a great advantage to a large number of people, it was a very auspicious occasion and the people of Fremantle were tobe congratulated on having had the founda- tion-stone «f the building laid in Jubilee year, and he hoped that the fact of their having the Governor there would shed additional lustre on the proceedings. He
thanked them for the sentiments which
they had expressed towards the Ministry. He had always been proud of the fact that Fremantle was his birthplace. (Applause.)
The M&.YOB then presented His Excel- lency with a silver trowel as a memento of the occasion. In the cavity of the founda- tion-stone was placed a copy of the WEST AtrsTBAiiiAN and a copy of the programme of the sports which were being held.
His EXCELLENCT then declared the atone to be well and truly laid. He expressed the hop« that th« building would remain for the pleasure and enjoyment of the people of Fremantle for many gener-
Three cheers were given for His Excel- lency.
His EXCELLENCT said that he had one more request te make. He reminded them of the interesting and important announce- ment which had been made during the last few days of the honour conferred by Her Majesty on Sir John Forrest. Ne dis- tinction was more highly prized by a British subject than that of membership ef Her Majesty's Privy Council. The honour was not one which was given away indiscrimisately, but only for long, arduous, and faithful service. It was not only an honour to Sir John Forrest, as representing the celony over whose destinies the Right Hon. gentleman was called upon to preside, but also to the people ef the colony. He asked those assembled to give thre« hearty cheers for Sir John Forrest. He knew that he was only voicing the sentiment of the people of Fremantle in calling on them to join with bim in the satisfaction he felt at this
splendid distinction which had been con- ferred en Sic John Forrest, Therefore,
Mr. Wittenoom and himself would cable to Sir John to the effect that the people of Fremantle congratulated him on the honour which had been bestowed upon him. He called for three hearty cheers for the Right Hon gentleman.
Three cheers were given in response to His Excellency's summons, for Sir John Forrest, followed by one for Lady Forrest. Three cheers weie also given for Lady
The MAYOR of FREMANTLE thanked His Excellency for hi3 speech. He assured him that the demonstration of loyalty which had been made by the people was not mero
show, but came from the heart. The honour given to Sir John Forrest was one of the greatest which could be bestowed by Her Majesty, and he hoped that His Excellency would give expression to tho feelings of the people of Fremantle in conveying their congratulations to Sir John. He hoped that Sir John and Lady Forrest would long live to enjoy the honours which had been conferred upon the Premier.
Three cheers were then given for the Mayor, and Jiree cheers for the Queen. His Excellency called upon those assembled to sing the National Anthem, and the call was heartily responded to.
His Excellency and party then adjourned to a marquao, which had been erected on tho ground, and partook of light refresh- ments. The toasts of the Queen, the Governor, and the Mayor of Fremantle were
His Excellency and party then returned
SPORTS ON THE OVAL.
After the ceremony in connection with the laying of the foundation-stone of the new pavilion on the Oval was concluded attention was paid to the programme of sports, which had been drawn Up by a committee consisting of Crs. W. T. John, J. J. Holmes/^M.L.A., J. R. Doonan, Rev. Father Ryan, and Messrs. J. Hayden, P. J. Hevron, F. Jones, E. F. Duffield, F. J. Townsend, J. H. Adam, - Isles, E. O'Beirne, and J. C. Fraser. The principal attraction in the programme Was the series of football matches for valuable trophies which bad been arranged by the committee to take place between the four senior clubs. The public, however, were treated to a severe disappointment, through the Perth clubs failing to put in an appearance. The Fremantle and Imperial clubs sent repre- sentative teams, and the committee decided to allow the two local clubs to compete for the trophies. The game was rather one- sided, Imperials easily defeating last year's premiers by 11 goals to 3. The committee have not yet decided as to what the tro- phies shall be, butja sum of J640 will be ex- pended on them. The remainder of the programme consisted wholly of pedestrian events, and a little more interest would have beon infused into the proceedings
had a tew cycling races Deen in-
cluded. During the afternoon there was a very large attendance of spectators, up- wards of 3,000 paying for admission. The sports, however, wore of a very mediocre description, the public taking little interest in the various pedestrian contests. The officials, who carried out their duties in a highly satisfactory manner, were as fol- low:-Starter, Mr. P. J. Hevron; judges, Messrs.. W. T. John and J. R. Doonan; referee, Mr. J. Haydon; timekeeper, Mr. T. O'Beirne ; handicappers, Messrs. J. Hay- den and P. J. Hevron. Detailed results of the sports are given below :
FOOTBALL COMPETITION.-FREMANTLE V.
Owing to the absence of the West Perth and Rover teams, the competition for the Jubilee trophies presented by the Munici- pal Council, was robbed of a good deal of interest. On the assumption that the four senior clubs would take part in the compe- tition it had been arranged to limit the quarter's play in each contest to 15 minutes, but as' only the two local clubs were represented the committee decided that the match should be of the cus- tomary duration, viz., 25 minutes each quarter. At a few minutes before noon the two teams filed on to the ground. J. Orr acted as central umpire, and on the ball being bounced Fremantle were the first to attack. Play had hardly started before Clarke got a mark within range and drew first blood with a nice goal. The Imps, soon repulsed the invaders, and getting the leather in the Fremantle terri- tory, Christie placed for goal, but had the misfortune to strike the post. A momentary attack by the 'Mantles was easily staved off by the Imps, and the latter succeeded in notching a couple of goals before the end of the quarter. The first term had been fairly well contested, but in the second quarter Imperial showed a decided superiority in passing the ball, and their effective handball was also
conspicuous feature of the game. At half-time the Blue and Whites had a lead of three goals. In the third quarter Fremantle made a grand rally, at the commencement, but they were un- successful in shooting for goal, and towards th« finish they were again placed upon the defensive. The last quarter was very much in favour of the Imps., who gained complete mastery over their opponents and the game ended in a decisive victory for the blue and whites by 11 goals to 3. The most useful men on the winning side were Morrison, Sicily, Wilson, Christie, Covacevitch, Kelly and Culmsee, and for the losers Watson,- Farrant, Mcintyre,
Hamniend, McCarthy and Irvine played a good game. The detailed scores were :
Quarter-time . Imperials, 2 goals 2 be- hinds ; Fremantle, 1 goal 1 behind.
Half-time : Imperials, 5 goals, 5 behinds ; Fremantle, 2 goals 2 behinds.
Threoquarter-time. Imperials, 8 goals 6 behinds ; Fremantle, 3 goals 4 behinds.
Final result Imperials, 11 goals 7 be- hinds ; Fremantle, 3 goals 5 behinds.
Goal kickers: Imperials Christie (2), Culmsee (2), Kelly (2), Greeves, Tidy, Stark, Russell, Gory ; Fremantle . Clarke, Morrison and Fay.
CHAMPIONSHIP FLAT RACE.-100 yards. First prize, £7; second, £3; third, X1. First heat Hall, 1 ; Longhurst, 2 ; M'Kenna, 3. Time, 10 4-5th sec. Second heat: Smith, 1; Woodgate, 2. Time, 10 l-5th sec. Third heat: Fraser, 1; Mel- rose, 2. Time, 11 l-5th sec. Final heat : Smith, 1 ; Fraser, 2 ; Hall, 3. Time, 10
JUBILEE SHEFFIELD HANDICAP. - 120
yards. First prize, X15 ; second, X7 ; third, X3. First Round.-First heat: A. M'Cuish, 6yds., 1; W. Jackson, 12yds., 2; J. C. Hogan, 13yds., 3. Time, 16sec. Second heat: G, G. John, 11yds., 1; J. Kieket, 14yds., 2 ; E. Letcher, 12yds., 3. Time, 12 4-5ths sec Third heat: A. J. Thurgood, 12yds., 1; G. D. Fraser, 7yds, 2; C. Long- hurst, 8yds., 3. Time, 12 l-5th sec. Fourth heat: J. S. Smith, 1yd., 1; W. G. Melrose, 5yds., 2. Tim», 13 2-5th sec. Fifth beat : A. Woodgate, 7yds., 1 ; H. Everard, 10yds., 2. Time, 12 3-5thsec. Sixth heat : W, J, M*Kenna, wjOkover. Seventh
heat: Bruce, 1; Wedgewood, 2. Time, 13 sec. Second Round. - First heat: G. G. John, 1; J. .S. Smith, 2. Time, 12 sec3. Second heat : A. Woodgate, 1 ; W. J. McKennc, 2. Final heat : G. G. John, 1 ; J. S. Smith, 2 ; A. Woodgate, 3. Won by a few inches. Time, 12secs.
QuABTEB-MILE HANDICAP FOOT RACE. First prize, ¿55 ; second £3 ; third, £1. A. J. Thurgood, 25yds., 1 ; A. McCaisb, 20yds., 2; M. Kenny, 20yds., 3. There were 14 starters. Time, 55sec. "
HIGH JUMP.-First prize, £3 ; second, £1. M. Kenny, 5 2-5th ft., 1 ; O'Hare, 2.
G O-AS-TOU-PLEASE HANDICAP.-Quarter of an hour. First prize, £5 ; second, JE2 ; third, JE1. J. Davis (280yds.), 9è laps, 1 ; F. Webb (300yds.), 9£ lap3, 2 ; J. Staples (250yds.), 9J laps, 3. Eleven starters.
SIAMESE RACE; 100yds. First prize, £1 10s. ; second, 10s.-Fraser and MoKenna, 1.
THE CHILDREN'S BALL.
It is doubtful whether any similar func- tion held in the colony, either in connec- tion with the Record Reign celebrations or upon any other occasion, has been so largely attended as wasthe juvenile ball with which the Record Reign festivities at Fremantle were brought to a close las^ evening. The Military Hill at the top of Queen-street, a building possessing th« largest floor space in any public structure oí the town, was found all too small for the enormous attendance. The number of children who attended during the evening was fully 1,500, and although dancing was sup- posed to have commenced at 7 o'clock, it was long after S before the stream of children to the hall, ceased. If any element of failure was present it was the result of over-attendance. Many parents and guardians had to be denied ingress and their infant charges had te be given over to the care of the conductors of the programme. This step, which was necessary in order that standing room might be preserved, was generally resented, and much distress Was occasioned to per- sons in charge of children, and also to the juveniles themselves. The crush was indescribable, but the general effect when the children were marshalled for the opening march was most striking, the handsome decorations of the hall and tho fancy .costumes worn by girls and boya, lending picturesqrteness to the scene. The orchestra, under the direction of Mr.' Clough and supplemented by the clever young musicians, Masters G. and M. Clifton, discoursed excellent music during the evening, and the crowded dancers evidently relished the entertainhient pro- vided for them to the fullest extent. The principal conductors, whose task was by no means easy, were Messrs. W. C. Forsyth, J. J. Higham, M.L.A., D. G. Gawler, G. F. Moore, A. J. Thurgood, F. Musgrove, W. E. Wray, H. E. Wilson, J. J.Holmes,M.L.A.,
and O. N.fNieholson. Despite the presence or
a terrific gale and driving rain squalls, the dance was kept up till after midnight. The singing of the National Anthem by the assemblage formed both opening and closing features in this ssction of the Fre-