페이지 이미지

for the same reason, I do not enumerate, have found generous recognition here. The Commonwealth of Art is a true Republic, where men of genius of all classes are fellow-citizens."

For "Her Majesty's Ministers" Mr. Gladstone, in returning thanks, said,—" I may congratulate you, sir, most cordially upon your having given free use of your liberal stores of space to foreign artists. I am sure there are none, either of those who contribute to adorn these buildings or of those who come to witness the treasures they contain, who do not rejoice to see this free, this friendly, this brotherly competition—a competition which can result in nothing but in mutual respect and in reciprocal improvement." The right hon. gentleman further on remarked, "As to our own labours— as to the labours of most men—they seem to terminate with the day on which they are done, and to leave no trace behind them; but, sir, it is your happy lot, and the lot of the distinguished companions over whom you preside so worthily, to produce and bequeath to mankind that which becomes part and parcel of their permanent inheritance, and which is as fruitful of improvement and delight centuries after it has been completed as on the day when it received the last touch of the artist's hand. Long, sir, may you personally, and long may your brethren gathered about this board be blessed with the continuance of faculties to enable you to give this delight, and with this delight to benefit your species; and after we have gone, and you have gone, may those arise who shall spread wider yet, and carry higher yet, the fame of British art."

The President, in responding to the toast of his own health, spoke as follows of the recent losses sustained by the Academy:—"Since last I had the honour of addressing you from this chair, the Academy has lost three of its distinguished members—Mr. Jones, Mr. Creswick, and, within this week, Mr. Maclise. Mr. Jones's battlepieces and other works painted in former years, some of which now adorn our National Gallery, attracted much admiration. For five years, during the illness of Sir Martin Shee, he occupied this chair, and fulfilled its duties with judgment and ability. He was removed in a good old age, enjoying the respect and esteem of his brother members. Mr. Creswick, however, has been carried off in the prime of life and in the zenith of his fame; and the public will from henceforth miss from our walls those charming pictures of English landscape scenery which were a constant source of attraction at our annual exhibitions. I regret to add that within this week the members of the Academy have been shocked and deeply grieved by the sudden death of Mr. Maclise. I need say nothing of his great reputation as an artist. His fine works must be familiar to all j but it is impossible to overrate the sorrow of his brother members at this sudden and sad calamity, for he was not less appreciated for his ability as an artist than beloved for his simple, genial, and kindly nature."

The last toast was "Prosperity to the interests of Literature," for which Mr. Charles Dickens effectively returned thanks.


2. Statue Op The Earl Op Carlisle.—The memorial statue of Lord Carlisle, which had been erected in the portion of the Phoenix Park, Dublin, called the "People's Park/' was unveiled by his Excellency the Lord-Lieutenant, in presence of Lady Spencer and a number of personal friends of the late Earl and subscribers to the fund. It is one of the most successful of Foley's works. With a delicacy of feeling which was generally commended, his Excellency dispensed with all formal panegyric and parade in presenting to the Irish public the life-like statue of their favourite Viceroy. The site was happily chosen, the Park being one of the latest tokens of his desire to promote the social and moral improvement of the people. The statue is 8ft. Sin. in height, and stands on a pedestal nearly as high. The following inscription is on an entablature:—

"George William Frederick,

Fourth Earl of Carlisle, K.G.,

Chief Secretary for Ireland, 1835-41,

Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland 1855-56, 1858-61;

Born 1802; Died 1864."

Among those present to witness the unveiling were the Lord Chancellor, the Dukes of Devonshire and Leinster, the Marquis and Marchioness of Kildare, Lord Howth, Lord Offaly, Lord and Lady Edward Cavendish, Lady Ann Bruce, Lady Havelock, Sir Bernard Burke, Ulster King-at-Arms, and a number of other principal contributors to the memorial.

3. Accouchement Op Her Royal Highness Princess Christian. —The following bulletin was issued:—

"May 3, 1870.

"Her Royal Highness Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein (Princess Helena of Great Britain and Ireland) was safely delivered of a Princess at 7 p.m., yesterday.

"Her Royal Highness and the infant Princess are going on perfectly well.

"Thomas Fairbank, M.D."

Her Royal Highness made speedy progress to recovery.

Newmarket Races.The Two Thousand Guineas.—As expected, a small field only went to the post for the Two Thousand Guineas Stakes, and these included, with the exception of Camel, all that had figured prominently in the betting during the winter. Kingcraft to the last was the best favourite, but Macgregor was the horse most loudly spoken of as the probable winner. The following is the account of the race :—

The Two Thousand Guineas Stakes, a subscription of 100 sovs. each, h. ft. for 3-yr.-olds; colts, 8st. 101b.; fillies, 8st. 51b. R.M. 1 mile 17 yards.

Mr. Merry's Macgregor, by Macaroni, 8st. 101b.

(car. 8st. 111b.) (Daley) 1

Lord Stamford's c. Normanby, 8st. 101b. (Grimsbaw) 2

Lord Falmouth's Kingcraft, 8st. 101b. (French) . 3
Mr. W. S. Crawfurd's b. c. Claudius, 8st. 101b.

(Challoner) 0

Mr. J. Dawson's King o' Scots, 8st. 101b. (Custance) 0

Mr. Heene's Hawthornden, 8st. 101b. (J. Adams) . 0

Mr. Johnstone's b. c. Stanley, 8st. 101b. (J. Osborne) 0

Mr. G. Jones' br. c. Astolfo, 8st. 101b. (Fordham) . 0

Mr. Merry's Sunlight, 8st. 101b. (Cannon) . . 0
Mr. Savile's b. c. The Champion, 8st. 101b. (Maid-

ment) 0

Betting:—75 to 40 agst Kingcraft, 100 to 30 agst Macgregor, 6 to 1 agst King o' Scots, 100 to 15 agst Stanley, 13 to 1 agst Sunlight, 16 to 1 agst Hawthornden, 33 to 1 agst Claudius, 40 to 1 each agst Champion and Astolfo, 66 to 1 agst Normanby.

After a delay of about a quarter of an hour, chiefly owing to the fractiousness of Sunlight, Mr. M'George succeeded in despatching them to a level start, Champion making the running, followed by King o' Scots, Hawthornden, Claudius, and Stanley. The next division was headed by Macgregor, who had Normanby and Kingcraft as his immediate attendants, while Astolfo was running wide on the right of his horses, and Sunlight brought up the rear. Descending the Bushes-hill Macgregor went to the front, with Hawthornden, King o' Scots, Normanby, and Kingcraft in his wake, and in the dip he still further increased his lead, coming up the hill full of running in advance of every thing, while King o' Scots retired, and Normanby took second place, Mr. Merry's horse ultimately winning in a canter by five lengths, Kingcraft finishing three-quarters of a length behind the second. Hawthornden was fourth, Champion fifth, Stanley sixth, and King o' Scots seventh. The last three were Claudius, Sunlight, and Astolfo.

4. Great Jewel Robbery.—A great robbery of jewels took place at the residence of Mr. W. B. Beaumont, M.P., 144, Piccadilly. The thieves crossed the gardens at Apsley House, and then Mr. Beaumont's garden, effecting an entrance in the back part of the house from Park-lane by climbing an iron verandah, to which they had affixed a rope by means of a hook, and getting through a staircase window. The jewels were kept in a strong inner closet, which was forced open; and after the jewels had been taken out, the burglars locked the door of the room, and hid the key in a coal scuttle, where it was found the next day. The robbery was effected between nine and half-past nine o'clock, in the absence of Mr. and Lady Beaumont; and the thieves carried on their operations so quietly that they disturbed nobody, although some members of the family were in an adjoining room, close to that in which the jewels were kept. They were evidently well acquainted with the premises, and the burglary had doubtless been as systematically pre-arranged as it was successfully carried out. As soon as the robbery was discovered, the police were communicated with, and the case was entrusted to Mr. Superintendent Williamson and Mr. Superintendent Dunlop, a reward of 100(M. having been offered for the apprehension of the thieves. The value of the jewellery stolen amounted to at least 10,0001. Two of the largest diamonds, which were wrapped up in tissue paper, and which were each worth h00l., were left behind, either because the robbers did not know their value, or did not take them, believing the stones to be too well known.

9. Double Murdeh In Chelsea.—Two murders were committed at Chelsea. The victims were the Rev. Elias Huelin, an aged French Protestant clergyman, assistant chaplain at the Brompton Cemetery, and his housekeeper Ann Boss. The murderer was a Scotchman, a jobbing plasterer and bricklayer, by name Walter Miller. The facts that were brought to light were as follows:— Mr. Huelin was the owner of considerable house property, and lived at No. 15. Paultons-square, Chelsea, his housekeeper being the only other inmate. At one of his houses, No. 25, Wellingtonsquare, Chelsea, Miller was employed upon repairs. In paying Miller on one or two occasions a number of sovereigns was shown, and Miller's cupidity found expression in casual remarks since recollected and sworn to by a fellow-workman. He seemed to have formed the plan of killing Mr. Huelin when he should next call at the empty house in Wellington-square to see how the repairs were progressing, and then to go to Paultons-square and kill Ann Boss. Both these murders he accomplished. He then possessed himself of a quantity of gold and title-deeds, and went in for a debauch with a woman he found in the street near the Haymarket. The body of Mr. Huelin he buried in the house in Wellington-square. It was in attempting to dispose of the body of Ann Boss, the housekeeper at Paultons-square, that detection came. The murderer had strangled the poor woman, and packed her body in a box. He, on the evening of the 11th, went to a man to arrange for the removal of the box to a house in the Pulham-road. This man, a van proprietor, named Henry Piper, went, accordingly, to the house of the Rev. Mr. Huelin, Paultons-square, Chelsea; and the door was opened by an old woman who had been called in by Miller to take charge of the house. Piper said a large box was shown him as containing the goods to be removed, but the cord being loose, he began to tighten it; not, however, without some objection from Miller. On putting his hand under the box, Piper found blood running out, and insisted on some explanation being given of the matter. Besides Miller and an old woman, there was also present a young woman. On Piper's refusal to remove the box, the young woman ran up-stairs; and the man Miller ran off also, but he was followed by Piper out of the house, and ultimately given into the custody of a policeman. Miller tried hard to escape; he also took a dose of laudanum, but it did not kill him. He was recaptured, and some constables then proceeded to examine the box. The corpse of Ann Boss was found inside, in a sitting posture; the neck tied tightly with a piece of cord, which had caused blood to issue from the mouth—a result the murderer had not reckoned upon, and which led to the discovery. The police then turned their attention to the house in Wellington-square, where, after some search, they found the body of Mr. Huelin buried in a drain. A coroner's jury brought in a verdict of "Wilful murder" against Walter Miller in both cases, and he was subsequently tried at the Central Criminal Court, and condemned to death.

11. Opening Op The University Op London By The Queen.—The new building for the use of the University of London, at Burlingtongardens, was formally opened by the Queen, in the presence of a large number of graduates of the University and of many distinguished visitors.

It was arranged that her Majesty should be received at the principal entrance of the building by the Chancellor, Lord Granville; the Vice-Chancellor, Mr. Grote; the member for the University, Mr. Lowe; the Chairman of Convocation, Dr. Storrar; and the Senate, and should be conducted up the great staircase to the senate-room; thence down the staircase and, by the western corridor, to the great examination hall; thence along the corridor to the eastern smaller examination hall, and so to the dais in the centre of the theatre.

In order to afford accommodation for as many visitors as possible, each of the rooms mentioned in this programme was lined with rows of temporary seats, rising tier above tier, and only leaving sufficient ground space for the actual passage of the royal party. The great centre of attraction was, of course, the theatre; and those who were fortunate enough to obtain tickets of admission to this part of the building were compelled to be in their places early. The gallery overhanging the theatre was chiefly occupied by ladies, but to the actual theatre itself only five or six ladies were admitted; and to them, as to other specially distinguished guests, seats in the row nearest to the dais were allotted. The sombre effect commonly produced by a male audience was on this occasion completely relieved by the large proportion of Doctors of the several faculties of the University wearing scarlet gowns and hoods, faced with russet brown for Arts, with deep blue for Law, gold colour for Science, and with violet for Medicine. The hoods of the Masters and Bachelors in the same faculties were distinguished by the same colours, but their black gowns added little to the general effect. Before twelve o'clock the graduates and visitors had mostly fallen into their places. The arrival of Mr. Disraeli was the signal for very hearty applause, and Mr. Gladstone was received with equal, if not with greater, enthusiasm. The Lord Mayor also was warmly welcomed; and the appearance of Dr. Carpenter, the Registrar of the University, gave occasion for similar manifestations of approval. With these exceptions, the arrivals were little noticed. The "Indian religious reformer," Baboo Keshub Chunder Sen, had been specially invited by the Senate, and occupied a conspicuous position.

« 이전계속 »