Mintaro, March 1873

[From our own correspondent.]
March 26.
The weather at the present time looks dull as though it was going to rain, which no doubt the farmers would be very glad of in respect of their ploughing; but on the other hand great damage would be done to the piles of wheat at the various railway stations; and, again, the members of the friendly societies are anxiously looking at clouds, fearing that the morrow, which is their picnic day, will be wet.
On Thursday last a picnic took place in the grounds of Mr. Peter Brady, sen. It was a holiday to the children of the Catholic schools. All kinds of amusement, also food, fruit, &c., were kindly provided by members of that body. About 70 or 75 children were present. A procession was formed, accompanied by the Sisters of St. Joseph, who are teachers in the schools, and other parties, carrying banners, &c., and paraded the township, singing the whole route, the children being mostly dressed in white, and walking in pairs, generally about the same height and age, which caused the procession to look much better than these sort of affairs do when mixed pell-mell medley fashion.
We were in hopes that Professor Haselmayer would have paid us a visit, but the Mintaro folks, I think, will not be honored so much. I am sorry for it, as from what I have seen of his abilities, I can say it was not only worth while a journey to Clare to see him, but it was worth, if persons could afford it, a trip to Adelaide itself. He is without exception the cleverest performer in his line who ever came before the public.