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PBINCE ill THE PEOPLE.

BENE WED. SCENES OF ENTHUSIASM BRILLIANT MAYORAL BALL

Horseshoes are emblems of good fortune. The f rince of Wales is suffering from a Blight cold, the effects- of which he does sot permit to curtail his public engage , menta any more than is possible. On Wednesday morning, however, lie -had a

stroke of luck. With characteristic good nature is had consented, as he had done id other capital cities.' to hold, a public 'reception. The front of the Exhibition Buildings, North terrace, was his saluting point, and. beginning at half-past 10 o'clock a stream of citizens begun to flow past. He had anticipated a two-houre* ordeal, but the fates wees kind. A Jady bore a floral horseshoe which she tiirew at his feet. The Prince picked it up. He did not casb it over his shoulder. He handed it to Admiral Hafecy. Tie magic, how ever, began to work, for not lone: after wards the procession of eager citizens »v thinned off that the royal visitor was able to return to Government House at a quarter to 12. instead, of three-quarters of an hoar later. North terrace was crowded . with, people, who were enjoyinjr the sun shine and the music of bands when the sudden passage of half a dozen motor cars apprised them that the Prince was pass ing. A rush was mads for the roadside, and hat* and. handkerchiefs .were waved , a3 speedily as they could be snatched from heads or out of pockets. Just after noon the Prince inspected 50 members of the South Australian Corps of active service veterans, who were lined nip before the eastern, facade of Government House. He spoke to each ?warrior, desired to know their war services, and congratulated them on living in what he sincerely described as 'this happy country.' The official pro gramme at one tima bore the announce ment that Wednesday afternoon was ?free.' His Royal Highness had made cer tain alterations, however. He went to the Adelaide Oval, where he saw the St. Peter's CoKege team defeat the Prince Airrea Colleee reDresentatives at football.

and is was so delighted-with the play that he besoHght the boon for the scholars of the two institutions of an extra week's holiday at the coming; summer term. Both head masters regarded the request as somewhat of- tbfe nature of a command, and there ?was not the slightest protest from the boys. The royal visitor also found time to go to Glenelg. In the evening he was the guest of the Lord Mayor at a. ball in the Town Hail. Thousands upon thotis.inds of citizens gathered to witness his arrival. King William street was so thronged that loco motion in the ordinary s-nse was not pos sible. No gayer or more beautifully effec tive social gathering than the ball has been provided in the city. Even the people who . had! to view the proceedings from the out side were content to have been able once again, to give overflowing evidence of their delight at the presence of their future King. When His Royal Highness left at a late hour citizens were still there to raise more cheers for him.

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