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PEMBROKE COUNTY CLUB, LONDON. A Bohemian Musical Evening of a most en- joyable character was held on Saturday evening at the Hotel Provence, Leicester Square, by the kind invitation of the proprietor, Mr. J. T. Davies. Mr. T. Sydenham Jones, LL.D., pre- sided, and the musical arrangements were under the direction of Mr. P. S. Mason. During an interval the chairman announced that their old and true friend, Mr. W. Evans, had prepared an essay on the subject of "Business," and in calling upon that gentleman to read his paper, Dr. Sydenham Jones referred to Mr. Evans as one of the past chairmen of the club, and one who had done much for its welfare, and was a loyal friend of the county, and of the members of the County Club in London. Mr. W. Evans said that business" com- prehended nearly everything man was engaged in. It implied employment in some useful affairs for the purpose of profit or improvement. In strict terms it should be confined to those requiring skill and attention rather than physical labour. The true elements of business were virtue, truth, and knowledge; and in order to acquire happiness it was essential to cultivate religion, knowledge, and business, as well as a study of our particular business and activity of mind and body. To be happy in business, too, we must regulate our days so as not to become absorbed in any one of these elements to the exclusion of the others. Business was the truest test of virtue; it ex- tended civilisation, equalised the comforts of life, led to useful discoveries, favoured the spread of learning, and fostered advance in mind and morals, art, knowledge, and law, and moie than all, ensured liberty. Mr. Evans then detailed the needful bodily equipment for a successful business career and went on to say that while we lived in this world we must have an object in view, and must work at something. Self-neglect was as fatal to the body as to the soul; the mind could not exist inactively. The true business man thought not of the end he might fail, but he was determined to leave unturned no stone that would help to success. The means, not the end, was the central object in business and to assure the success of these the young should have instilled in them in early years, the necessity of cultivating the discipline of the mind to perform its important part in meeting the keen competi- tion of modern times. The world was too full of men who strove after nothing but useless honours they became loaded with impractical learning. Mr. Evans next touched on the value of counting-house experience in after life. All kinds of businesses paid equally well in the hands of those capable of managing them. The requisite qualities were strength, ingenuity, good address, and a strong nerve and enterprise. Calculating faculties, the very mind of busi- ness, was more than ever necessary in these days. If business men were dishonourable, so would be the character of-our countrymen in all parts of the globe. Rather let it be said of England, as of Tyre of old, Her merchants were princes, and her traffickers the honourable of the earth." Good-humour, good health, and politeness were minor virtues, but urgent to the 'man of business, who should not be too smooth," but have more of the cocoa-nut than the peach in him. Do not take too much advice," said Mr, Evans, in conclusion, steer your own ship, keep at the helm, and avoid excessive credits." The lecture was heartily applauded, and a vote of thanks was accorded to Mr. Evans. The chairman announced that the twelfth annual dinner would be held on Saturday, February 18th, at Holborn Restaurant.