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n THE SUICIDE OF VICTOR TOWNLEY.I

.A MILITARY SCANDAL.

MANCHESTER ART WORKMEN'S EXHIBITION.

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MANCHESTER ART WORKMEN'S EXHIBITION. On Monday afternoon a meeting was held at the Royal Institution, Manchester, for the purpose of opening an exhibition of works of art contributed by working men, intended as a modest and interesting effort to Bhow what the working people of the district can do in matters of taste and orffkment. The meeting was held in the Lecture-hall, which was well filled with people taking an interest in the scheme. Sir J. Kay-Shuttleworth presided, and there were present the Mayors of Manchester and Salford, the Dean of Manchester, and other influential inhabitants. The Chairman, in his opening remarks, contrasted the personal liberty implied in an exhibition like this with the feeling which had too often actuated working men, and produced combinations an<i strikes. The meeting was also addressed by Mr. Alderman Heywood and the Dean of Manchester. The company afterwards proceeded to take a view of the exhibition. In this exhibition there are shown some surprising examples of aptitude and excellence in workmen, to whom it opens probably for the first time an avenue to fame in their own calling. A few may be mentioned:— There are some carvings of fruit and flowers, in Caen stone, by Mr. Green, a Manchester sculptor, which no one with an eye for what is beautiful could pass without attention. Of artistic wood carving there is a clever piece by Mr. Fasans called "The Invader"—a serpent whose stealthy approach has caused the utmost excitement in the domestic circle of a bird's nest. A beautiful carving of a dead canary In boxwood is by a workman employed by Mr. Cowan. There is merit also in a statuette, by an apprentice, carved in boxwood, of Whittington listening to Bow bells, and in limewood of a group of shrews. A lady's gilded worktable, among contributions by Mr. Moore, is noticeable for elegant workmanship and enrich- ments, a novelty in it being an idea of making it an ever- open album, by inlaying the round top withaglazed circle of portraits, or other pictorial subjects, in the shape of cartes. or copies. There are some fine carvings in ivory, some small model steam engines and machinery, some architectural models of buildings in cardwood, and other substances. Among the cardboard structures is a very picturesque representation of a millers's rustic abode somewhere in Westmor land, apparently with minute attention to local colouring and circumstances and a representation of Shakespeare's house at Stratford, weather stained and poverty sti icken as it used to be before the restoration. Photographers claim a place in the ranks of art work- men, and some of the best of them are represented in the exhibition by a tolerably large number of portraits and views. There is a small oil painting to be distinguished as the work of an operative spindlemaker, 65 years of age, who had never handled a pencil till the cotton famine threw him out of employment, but who in a year or two made so much prpgre's in the cultivation of a latent talent as to illustrate how late in life a man may dlacover what might have been his true vocation. There is a sewing machine constructed by a boy who has no mechanical teaching but his own ingenuity. Many other things are worthy of notice, but the few here given will show the nature of the exhibition. The name of the workman is attached to each, produc- tion, and this rule is followed even where the employer is the exhibitor.

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