THE BURNS FESTIVAL.
The arrangements for this national fete now begin to assume a different form. The pavilion is in an advanced state; and the most active preparations are going on by those bodies who intend taking part in the procession. The magistrates and the council of Ayr resolved, at their last meeting to walk in procession, and we have no doubt that they will be joined by a large number of burgesses and other inhabitants.
A committee was at the same time appointed to see that appropriate decorations and devices are erected in suitable parts of the town; and we learn that a meeting of the trades on Monday night, it was unanimously agreed that various corporations should be present in a body. A spirit of enthusiasm is abroad amongst them, and we will be surprised if the turnout does not prove highly creditable.
We understand that similar preparations are going on in other towns, both in Ayrshire and neighbouring counties, and the rural districts are also bestirring themselves. Offers of services by instrumental bands and clubs of glee singers are pouring in upon the committee from all quarters, so that there will be no lack of music to animate the assemblage. We understand that a requisition is in course of signature among the merchants of Ayr, to shut their shops at eleven o'clock, a.m., on the day of the festival.
Several persons early astir on Tuesday morning week were witnesses to a very singular phenomenon. Between five and six o'clock, what appeared to be a thick mist, or cloud, was seen to pass up Sandgate from the Shoregate, extending from the latter about half way up the street, and at the height of the eaves of the houses. It moved at a slow pace, and, when opposite the Salmon Inn, was so dense as to conceal the signboard from those persons on the other side of the street. At this time a slight shower of rain fell, and the object gradually descended to the ground.
The curious who passed over the street to inquire into the cause of their wonderment, discovered it to have been a body of flies so numerous as actually to blacken the flags where they lay, and so small individually as to admit of examination only by a microscope. - Kelso Mail.