Nelson Fall Fair: 0050.0509

            One of the most amusing, if not interesting, features of the recent Fair was the Chinese procession.  Apart from the gorgeous costumes in which those who took part in the procession were arrayed, much interest centred in the solemnity with which they invested the whole proceedings.  But the climax was probably reached when Charlie Waterman undertook an explanation of the various emblems carried by the processionists and their costumes.  Whatever knowledge Charlie may possess of John Chinaman, it cannot be said that it includes an intimate acquaintance with the idiom of the Celestial.  Therefore he had to call into requisition the services of an interpreter.  It seemed from the first that Charlie was convinced that the interpreter was holding back something in the translations, or it may have been that he thought the interpretations were not full enough to be interesting to the audience; so he threw in a few flowers on his own account.  Certainly the additions did not detract from the interest of the occasion; but it is doubtful if those who listened to the interpretations of the interpreter can be regarded as having added extensively to their knowledge of the customs of the Chinese.  Nevertheless, as was before remarked, the explanations were interesting, and not the least interesting was Marshal Waterman’s happy reference to the blushing bridesmaids.  It looked like paint.

0050.0509: Nelson Fall Fair

Nelson Fall Fair parade included a Chinese procession which needed and interpreter to explain the meanings of their costumes.

Medium:  Newspaper - Text
Date:  October 1, 1904
Pages:  1
Publisher:  The Nelson Economist
Collection:  Columbia Basin Institute (0050)


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