While Her Majesty was preparing to return, the following amusing incident in connection with the presentation of a bracelet to the Princess Christian is probably without a parallel. It had been arranged that four young ladies, Miss Morris, Miss Ironmonger, Miss Hartley, and Miss Mander, who were to present the bracelet, should leave the pavilion in a carriage a few minutes after the departure of the Queen, but from some cause the carriage did not arrive, and the crowd round the pavilion was so dense that a quarter of an hour elapsed ere they could leave it, accompanied by Mr. Hartley and Mr. Kitson.
Here, however, the obstacles were so great with cavalry keeping the ground and crowds of people that a second detour became necessary, and passing on, they succeeded in getting to the rear of the station, but were effectually stopped by a high fence which they could not surmount. Calling to their aid a railway policeman, and explaining their mission, he managed, with the assistance of several others, to remove a part of the obstruction, they then ran down the steep bank of the railway, clearing the wires for the signal posts and the ditch at the bottom, but encountered a formidable obstacle in the shape of a long luggage train. There was no time to lose, however, so they must needs pass under it as best they could, and so they succeeded in gaining the platform side of the station, hot and weary, but carrying the bracelet in triumph, and in time to present it to the Princess Christian, through the Mayoress, Lady Morris, as Her Majesty passed to her carriage.
We have been careful in giving the route, as it would be impossible otherwise to appreciate the difficulty of the task so cleverly accomplished and which reflects so much credit upon all concerned, especially upon our three fair young townswomen. The bracelet was furnished by Messrs. Hancock and Co., jewellers, of London, and was worth, we understand, £150. It was a very beautiful piece of jewelry, designed with much taste. A number of large oval amethysts were set round a gold band, each amethyst bearing in its centre a letter set in brilliants, and all the letters so formed composed the word "Souvenir."