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Sf ■ 1 Living Pictures.. There is not in Pan arth a more deserving and pop- ulai- institution than the Victoria Nurses' Institute, therefore it is not to be wondered at, that the exbibi. tion of living pictures given in Andrews' large hall, en the evenings of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thariiclay ehnu'd have t een so largely attended. There is no more pleasing scene to be witnessed than that of tb6 local lnrse going through our streets all winds and weather15, bent on hot errands of mercy to tLe poor and suffering. Many a God. bless her," has escaped the lips of those u ho have watched her, as she has passed on, ar.d sunely to her will be said by the Master by mjd bye, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of thepe. ye have done unto me." Rich and poor alike are interested in the Nurses' Insti- tute. Those who have the means show their sympathy by their offerings, and those who cannot give, do equally as much by their prayers- The sympathy of the public hfts been shown in a practical way this week, and we are glad to announce that as a result of the entertainments given, » very handsome sum has I <1 which will enable the Committee to still fuither extend their work and the usefulnes13 of the Institute- < Of the tableaux it. is possible to speak only in terms of the highest praise- It was evident that one and all had teen most carefully thought out in every detail beforehand- In the selection of subjects, there was an admirable variety while in grouping and in posirg here were the unmistakable evidences of a thoro lo-hly refined sense of the artistic- That most important of all points, the blending of colour, bad been studied with a care that prompted to an undo- ing felicity of choice. Thus while in the majority of instances the picture weres blight and full of warmth, there wp-s never a suggestion of harshness, not a trace of anything inharmonious or garish; To com- bine profusion of colour with soft and graceful effect and naturalness in general tone must be to accomplish the highest result that is attainable in pictures of this kind. "The opening tableau, '• Gentlemen, the Queen," represented a pariy cf officers in mess uniform, with Colonel Frv as the president, honouring the royal toa,it. Tnen followed a scene entitled 11 Sanctuary," in which Miss C Bea>lev, and Mr J F Grimes took part. It represented a ten lfied girl, cn her knees, clinging for protection to a monk, who, with uplifted crucifix, drives back her pursuer, a warrior, clad in the garb of a Norseman, and standing in th- aci, of thrusting his spear th i ough his victim. The attitudes were realistic yet easy and natural. The party of children repre- senting the Nations made a delightfully pretty group, their charming costumes being conventionally true, and thus giving a titilkitig profusion of colour. One cf the most effective of the entire series was that wherein Marie Antoinette was shown in prison, guarded by a, couple of soldiers of the Revolution. The "un'iaopy queen (Mrs F Sh tckel), with hands clasped a id face averted, was shown gazing intently on a e ujcifix, while a soldier (Mr Wallis), leaning back in hid chair, offers her contemptuously a glass of spirits, his comr-de(Mr bhackell), in Phrygian cap, looking stolidly on. The double picture entitled I- Which ? Neither?" the characters in which were taken by Miss Dora Biain, Mr F Grimes, and Mr Wallis was particularly good. The picture presenting Cleopatra with two of hpr attendants (Miss Wilson, Miss M Y\ :1s n, and Miss K Wilson) wai particularly good. Miss Boasley. as Hermione," and Miss Carey Thomas iu "Tie Moon and I" displayed an admirable and statuesque dign ty. The Doctor," in which the characters were t lken by Dr Dunn, Mr and Mrs Shackei, and Miss Winifred Dalziel, was a most faithful vitalised presentation of the well-known picture by Luke Fildes, B.A. The Kiss" (Miss C. B,-asley, Miss Carey Thomas, and Miss Queenie Payne) was Alma Tadema'at his best in the lite. There ensued a senes of Shakespearean heroines, namely, Beatrice (Miss Heywood), Juliet (Miss Bishop), Ophelia (Miss Ehys), Portia (Miss L. Ileitzmatiu), and Jessica (Miss Nidi), incidental recitations being given by Miss C- Beasley. ^Nursing Past and Present, 1815-1895," renewed the acquaintance of the audi- ence with Mrs Sairey Gamp, thb nurse of 50 years ago. while by way of contrast they next saw a nurse of the Victoria Institute, whose loving face with its tender exprehsioa of sympathy, was iu marked contitist to the old lady's il1 the first scene. It was indeed a case of "Lock here upon this picture a. d on this." "Marguerite," by Miss Brain, and Echo," by Miss Beasly, were full of quiet grace and charm. -,Pears' Soap," Mr Ancn was an almost faultless copy of the famous Punch sketch by Mr Harry Furness, and was applauded with great heart- iness. "Day and Night," by Mrs Rit&on and Miss May Rogers Riss, were most artistic, and were self- < explanatory at the first glance. To Mrs Bird, by whom the costumes were designed, and under whose immediate dii.?ciou the general neitiu^ was arranged ^even U) the minutest detail) the most cordial thanktiof all who witnessed the entertainments are due. She has proved a veritable benefactress of the Victoria Insti ute, and it is gratifying to know that her valu- able eervices and those of Mr Sheppard, who assisted in the technical worK, have met with that appreciative recognition which is iheirdue- During each evening "11:11, Martyr, M'>8 Thompson, and Mr Gasgoyne nalzd contributed vocal" selections;' The Misses £ tiaw. on, Miss Oliver, Miss Purnell, Miss Wadley, and Here, atuiesl anure of the institute, did a brisK sale daring the evening of tl • programmes that were designed and painted by Dr Moynan. The C) Penarth Quadrille Band furnished the incidental music.

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