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The Princes.

THE ministerial picnic

The Ministerial picnic at Enoggera yesterday waa a very enjoyable outing His excellency the Governor, with Mibb Kennedy, accompanied by Admiral Clanwilliam, the princes, and many other of our distinguished visitors, and -ilao by a. number of ladies and gentlemen resident m the colony, left town yesterday, at half past eleven, the princes leading with a riding party, and the remaining visitors following in about thirty vein cles After a pleasant though rather dusty jouruey tho party reached Enoggera about one o clock Although the appear nee of the country was much less inviting than usual owing to the prolonged dry weather, the dm e was au interest- ing one, and tho road having been much im- proved of late was traversed with much greater comfort than it could bo a year ago Tho roser \oir placidly reposiug in the mountains looked pictureaquo as usual, ind it was satisfactory to find no present indications of a dimiuished water supply. The first attraction waa the water aide, where several boats were Beeu ready for a > row on the reservoir The princos accompanied

by several young ladies and gentlemen each entered a boat, -vud Boon showed that they wero not atrangera to tho uso of the oar Other boats, including a large flat bottomed punt, wore tninned and filled by the visitors, who ap- peared to thoroughly enjoy themselves Shortly after the appointed hour the guests wero invited to the luncheon booth, where accommodation had been provided for about 200 persona, and where all the visitors were Boon comfortably seated and busily engaged in discussing the ap- petising vianda set before thurn This part of the diy s buamesB having beeu disposed of, tho Hon T M'llwrnith tobo to propose a toast Ho said that there was piolubly never an occiBioii when tho toaat of the Queou, the Priuco and Pnucosa of Wales, and all tho royal family was so appropriately proposed as it would bo that day It was gratifying to recollect that tho B ltiah Queen, with her f imily, waa in tho greatest safety when in the midst of her subjecta, whether in a colouy like thia or iu the mother country He thou proposed tho toast, which waB cuthusiastically received Sir Arthur » Palmer, iu proposing " Admiral Clanwilliam and

the Officers of the Squidrou, expressed his regret that they could not mako a longer stsy Their visit waa bo Bhort tint wo had acarcely timo to make acquaintance before tho timo for their departure had arrived He was quite sure tho company all regretted that the stay of their dis- tinguished visitors was ao brief 'lho toast having beeu drunk with hearty vocal honours, Earl Clanwilhiin returned thanks The people heie displayed great coidiahty and kind neas, particularly the ladies, and he was con-

vinced that tho oflicera bud found thia out at the ball last night Ho must alao return thanks for the hospitihty shown to diy, foi thiB wa8 one of the pleasantist daya they had Bpeut in Australia He much regretted tho stay of tho squadron could not bo prolonged The Hou B D Morehead sud the toast on trusted to lum would ruin any min s reputation, but happily tho Salic liw did not prevail in this colouy Ho begged to proposo "lho Ladies,' coupled with the name of Mus Kennedy The to-ist having beeu duly hououred, Punco Louis of Battonberg returned thinks, and did not know why he had been selected uuloss it was because of bia occupying a Beit beside bia charming neighbour (Miss Kennedy) Ho Ind much pleasure, however, iu reaponduig to tho toist Mr Jacob Low, M L A , here caused much amusomout by interjecting tint when Nelson waa once ordered to letno ho Bhut bia

eyes aud could not seo tho order Porhnpa tho noble earl who had just spoken would follow th it examplo, and telegraph to Lnglaud tint ho had not seen the order to lea\o Queensland Mr Lilley, C J, in proposing tho toiat of tho Go vernor, Eaid wo wero impartially and right well go\erued by bia excellency Sir Arthur Kennedy Ho (Mr Lilley) hoped that though the stay of our rojal and distinguished viBitorB was short, they would leave us with vivid and pIcaBiug recollections of our lo) alty as a peoplo He, on beb il f of tho trustees, took this opportunity of thanking the piiuces for their kiudnebs in planting two trees in the Grammai School grounds that day Ho sincerely hoped that our Governor would loug remaiu amongst ua Tho toast haling been cuthusiastically drunk, his Lxcelleucy retuined thanks Ho felt they wero all indebted to the gentlemen who had given this charming entertainment, for ita successful carrying out must havo involved a good deal of thought and trouble Our visitors would, ho hoped, lea\o with kindly recollections of the devotcdnesa of our loyalty, aa he muBt asaumo they would do of tho strength of our digeation aftor tho bucccbsiou of hospitalities exhibited withiu tho present twenty-four hours Ho boheved our visitors would not leavo withouk regret that their wait could not bo prolonged They had, however, seen all that ho had been able to show thom in tho limited timo at their disposal In again thnukiug tho Chief Juatice and the company for their coi dial good wishea, ho could only assure them that it would bo his endeavour always to do his duty straight f rwardly and impartially His excellency then proposed " lhe Ministry," which having been druuk with great enthupiasm, tho Premier re turned thanks, and expressed tho hope that our visitois had been as much pie ised with their holiday aa he had been It was his first real holiday for two j ears, and he had enjoyed it thoroughly Ho only regretted that the stay of the squadron could not be pro longed , and trusted they would at some future time repeat their visit Sir Arthur P ilmer said ho believed the Ministry would bo only too glad to entertain our visitors in tin« woy once a month lho company then dispersed, and after a short time started on their return journey, reaching town about 5 o clock

PLAMINO TIULS AT THE UHAMJUR SCHOOL

The princes on their way out jesterday to the picnic at Enoggera called at tho Grimmar School, and each planted a tree on tho school grounds in commemoration of their visit to tho colony. Their royal highnesses were expected to reach the Behool at half past 11 o clock, and long before that time a larfee concourso of people had assembled m the grounds to witness the proceedings The Grammar School Cadets were drawn up near the spot, at the weatern end of the building, whore the first tree was to be planted, and all the pupils of both the bo) h and girls Grammar Schools wero present At the time appointed a large party of ladies and gen- tlemen from Government House, including Vice Admiral Clanwilliam, his excellency the Governor, and \ ibs Kennedy, arrived, and Prince Edward and Prince George having, with their tutor (the Rev J N Dalton) dismounted, were received by his honour the Chief Justice , the Hon. S. W Griffith, M L A , the Hon C S Mein, M L C , Mr John Scott, M L A , and Mr L A BernayB, T L S , F R G S , trustees, together with Mr Ii H Roe, M A, head master, and the maBtersof theachool Thepnncea were conducted to a place near the western end of the building, where the necessary preparations had been made, and where the cadete presented arms Mr Pink, of the Botanic Gardens, having placed a young Moreton Bay pine m the hole that had been dug for it, the Chief J ustice handed a small spade to Prince Edward, who shovelled in the earth round he plant A short distance from the same place Prince George performed a similar cere mony, the younger prince doing bia work in quite an energetic manner Three cheers were then given respectively for the Queen, the princea, and the oflicera of the royal squadron The princea wero shown the fine hall of the Behool, after which the party rode off on their way to Enoggera

The princea on leaving handed to Mr Reginald H Roe, bead master of the school, tho following very kind letter, which we feel our Grammar School boya will moat truly appreciate -

Boya ol the Brisbane Grammar School

W e are glad to have como herd to day and to have teen you all face to face When at S J ii ney we heard of those of j our eehoolmatcs who had acluci ed distinction in the univereity examination there, and ne hope that many of j our number will follow in their honourable footsteps. Mnj all of j ou as members of a schcol eecoud to nono in Australia prove true to the discipline and education jou hororecehe, andbeknotwi of us ob men hereafter for bearing no unworthy pait as Queenslander» in the futuro of this great country

THE MATOUS BALL

The Mayor a ball at the Exhibition building was certainly the most successful of the demon strations in honour of tho visit of the roya princes, and was in every way a fitting close to tho festivities attendant upon their short Btay amongst ua Mr Sinclair h is, it is well kuown, a habit of doing everything ho takes in hand thoroughly, and of all the eflorta ho baa yet mado m the way of public hospitality the ball last night must bo pronounced the most brilliant Nov er before in tho social auuals of Queensland has auch a large, dazzling, and thoroughly representa tivo assemblage beeu gathered together nt oue time When all the gue3ts had assembled thero wore no les3 than 1300 people present, aud the bright uniforms of the officers of the squadron, tho fascinating costumes of the lachea, with a sufficient number of fancy diesEes to give variety and charm to the general eflect foi mod a spectacle never before witnessed m Biisbane, and one which will serve to keep in lasting re- membrance the visit ot tho two grandsons of our beloved Queen

That ev erj thing had beeu done to make tho building and approaches theieto attractivo goes almost without saying The carnago drive leading to the entrance of the building waB illuminated with hundreds of Chiueso lanterns, giving quite a fairy like appearauco to a spot which iu tho aj time is not as jet noted for its beauty lho first thing to catch tho eyo of tho guest on dm lug up to the euti ance were large illuminated pictures, by Mr A J Clarke, of the Prince and Pnucess of Tóales, thesobeing Burmounted by a ciown formed of gas jots lho geneial ap[ earanco of tho building to the visitors on entering was also extremely pleasing The only portious entirely visible to the eyo were the right und left wiugs, the navo haviug boon curtained oil and concealing a eight to bo revealed later on In the wings-tho only portion of the building tho floor of which is fit for dancing-it w aB evident that tho decoratioi a had beeu supervised by Boineono who had thoroughly studied tho mutter 1 hero bad beeu no striving for eflect by a profuao display of bunting 80 often noticeable in ball looms m Brisbane , but hore and there plants were placed interspersed hero and Ibero w ith some of the lato Mr Daintree s excellent oil paintings, while at the end of the right wing was a raised platform for the ladies, tho wall at the back of the dais being covered with the royal standard, tho British ensign, and other flags The place was bfautifullj lighted, and after the whole of the guests had assembled a picture waB presented to the ojc not eisily for gotten A poep through the curtain dividing the navo from the wmgB revealed further beauties although of a somewhat different kind lhe whole of this portion of the building, with tho exception of a Binall space reserved for rofrcBh menta for thoso desiring them Letweeu tho dances, had beeu formel into an immense supper room Six or seven tablea running tho wholo lougth of tho building, with ono gonn, it light anglcä at the extreme end, had been Bet out with extreme tasto At the further end of tho

building had beeu hung Mr Claikes hugo oil painting of Brisoaue, together with Mi Lcasei a pair of pictures, entitled ' lho Lovers,' which

wera bo much admired at the last exhibition

Pictures were alao hung round tho building at intervals, the tablea woro laden with all kinds of deicaciea, and, being ornamented with pliuts amongst which wero bouil splendid palms, and sot off with snow white uapery, shining cutlery, and dazzling glassware, preseuted aa handsomo and apnetising a sight aa ono could wiall to boo Lor the geuoral decorative work, thanka iro m a great inoasure duo to Mr Chambers, and to those who kindly lout the pictures aud tho plants , while for tho excellent provision m ido m the way|of catering, Mr Whitehouse, of Ipswich, de-

serve Bovery pr uso

The company began to arrive long boforo tho hour appointed for opening tho ball, and poured into the building in ono continuous stream for about au hour until tho place was almost full

A few minutes aftei 9 o clock his excellency tho Governor and Misa Kennedy and suito, their ,rojal highnesses Prince Edward ind Prince George, togethei with Prince Loma of Batten borg, Lord CharleB Scott, and a largo uuuiber of officers of the aqua Iron, an iv ed ou tho ground, where thoj wero silutedby a guaid of honour consisting of 100 of the let Queenslander«, with their baud, under tho command of Ciptuu Thynne Ihoy wero met at tho outrance to the building by lus w islnp the Major mid tho aldermen, together with tho lown Clerk (Mi

W H G Marshall) and other officers of tho Municipal Council, and on their cutenng tho baud struck up the National Anthem lSo time waB lust in forming the first Bet, which was headed by hin r-xeellency Cn Arthur Ken- nedy and Mrs S 'W Gi iflith, with Princo 1 d« ud and Miss Sinclair as us u-vis, Princo Geoigo dancing with Mis M'llwiaith rrom tina timo forward dancing, although attended with u n

siderablo difficulty owidl, to the largo numbai a present, waa entered into with tho greatest zeat, the puuce3 nud officers of tho Bquadron being as energetic as any in this ever po] ulai exercise Good feeling md pleasant social intercourse prevailed on all bauds, and all wero bud in oxfiessious o£ opinion as to tho thorough success of tho wholo affur 1 ho fancy dresses wero not numerous , but, including sonio striking costumeR, served to give relief to tho dud uniformity of tho geutlomou s evening costumes

At 11 o clock tho company Bat down to supper, the tables being lal 1 for nearly a thousand guests

At the head of com co was bia worship the M iyor, having on his ri^ht, amongst others, his excel

lenr-y the Governor, Miss Kennedy, Lady Palmer, Princo 1 dward, Misa Smclur, and Sir Arthur Palmer , and on his left tho lion T M'Jlwraith (Premier), Lord Charles Scott, Prince George, Yrs M Hwraith Hou B D Morehead (Postmaster General)

aud Mrs Finlay After the supper Mr Sinciair briefly proposed the toasts of " The Quoen, and "lhe Prince and Piincess of Waloa and royal family, which were most heartily responded to

Mr Sincluh then gave "The health of bia excellency the Governor, ' a toast which ho said he knew perfectly well the company would ro spond to euthuaiastically.

1 he toast having been drunk with three ring- ing cheers and one more for Miss Kennedy,

Hia Excellenci briefly responded He said it was ao common thing to have one a health druuk in tho cordial way bia had just been drunk by a company like this Iheyhad been brought together by their worthy Mayor to do honour to "two grandsons of her majeBty , and he was sure

theso scions of the royal blood would remember that me,ht to their latest day Thia waa ono of thoee occaBiona which must make an impression upon all who saw it He felt it himself most gratefully He concluded by cordially thanking the company for the way they had received the

toast

The Mator next, m a few words, proposed the health of Lord Clanwilliam and the oflicera of the squadron They had heard a great d al m tunea paat of " hearts of oak , ' they must now, however, talk of hearts of steel, and he knew that the hearts of our gallant clcfendera were every bit as true aa tho metal of which tneir ahipa were built

Lord Charles Scott (in tho abaence of the Tari of Clanwilliam) responded to tho toast, which was received with tremendous applause That their hearts wero as true as steel iu duty and loyalty to their Queen and country, was perfectly true and not only their hearts but those of all of her Bntiah subjecta, especially of thoae in the Australian colonies During the visit they had made to the colomea thev had received the moat hearty and kind welcome wherever they had been , and he was Bure every officer of the fleet would Bay with him that nowhere had they received greater kindnesa and hospitality than in QueeUBland Amongst all the colonies ho coald Bafely Bay Queensland had been outdono by none Their visit throughout had been most enjoyable, and on behalf of bia fellow oflicera ho wished to ex- press hia thanks for tho kindness they had re

ceiv ed

His ExcELLENcr said he wished to proposo ii toast without permisaion, and that waa " Health and prosperity to tho Mayor of Briabane," which ho knew thoy would all cordially join him m drinking He waa in a position to know that Mr Sinclair had been unceasing in his desire to do honour to the grandBona of the Queen and the officers of the squadron Ho thought the ] resent grand meeting-the grandest meeting le thought ever seen in Queensland-was a iroof that he had succeeded.

The toast was drunk amidst great and con- tinuous applause.

His Worship, responding, said that in what- ever he had done ho had been greatly assisted by tho Government and his fellow aldermen and officers of tho council, to whom he expressed his

thanks

The party then left the tibio, and dancing was resumed, nud kept up with great spirit until an early hour thia inorunie, The Guvcruoi and royal princes left about half past 12 o clock

Tho oflicera of the equation and the princes leovo the Queeu s vvhirf at hilf pist S o clock tina morning, and fie li ot will \vei0h auchoi as soon as they leitch the Biy

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