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THE AP),T-ISI'S' GE' -YERAL BEIVEY VOLEI'VT INSTITUTION. The fifty-second anniversary dinner of this society was held at the Freemasons' Tavern, on Saturday night; Mr. Anthony Trollope in the chair. Among the com- pany present were Sir Francis Grant, Mr. W. F. Pollock, Mr. Akroyd, M.P. Mr. R. Redgrave, R. A.; Mr. T. Faed, R.A. Mr. G. Sturt, A.R.A. Mr. H. Weekes, R.A. Mr. Millais, R.A. Mr. Creswick, R.A.; Mr. Elmore, R. A. Mr. Frith, R.A.; K. D. Hodgson, M.P. Mr. E. W. Barry, A.R.A. Mr. Boxall, R.A. Mr. Tom Taylor, Mr. Hurlstone, Mr. Frederick Taylor, Mr. Jonas Levi, Mr. Bates, and about 150 other gentlemen. The report of the proceedings of the society shows that the total net income of the past year amounted to tl,719, that 67 applicants were relieved with the sum of £ 1,324, 62 at the quarterly meetings with £ 1,120, and five urgent cases with the sum of X195. In proposing the usual loyal toasts, the Chairman ap- propriately referred to the valuable patronage which had at all times been bestowed upon the fine arts by her Majesty and her august family. The long-continued illness of the Princess of Wales was alluded to in a feeling and sympathetic manner, and an announcement of the approaching recovery of her Royal Highness was received with hearty demonstrations of pleasure on the part of the company. For the toast of The Army, and Navy, and Volunteers," there was no representative of the regular service to respond and Mr. George Leslie, of the Victoria Rifles, modestly acknowledged the toast, explaining at the time that the fact of his not being a member of the 38th Middlesex (the Artists' Corps) was due to the fact that he had joined the Victoria Rifles before the corps to which so many of his brother artists now belonged had been established. The chairman, in proposing the toast of the evening, explained that the object of the society was to relieve artists who, having attained success in their profession, had not, from various causes, been enabled to ensure for them- selves a competence in their old age, or provision against the contingency of disease or want. The great bulk of the subscribers to the charity, no doubt, thought that they would never become recipients of its bounty. Its funds were carefully and economically administered, and subscribers to the charity might rest assured that their bounty wouJd only be distributed among artists of real merit. The dictates and promptings of charity which were so agreeably shown in the amount of funds raised for this charity contrasted very favourably with the theories of political economy. In the one case the widow's mite was found by experience to bless both her who gave and he who received in the other it was urged, with all the coldness of political economy, that the supply tended only to create the demand, and to en- courage the want which it sought to relieve. In the case of artists there were no doubt many who, prompted by laudable ambition, had taken to the profession, while they did not possess the qualifications to obtain the high position to which they had aspired. No doubt the experience of his friend Sir Francis Grant, their esteemed president, and alsa the honoured President of the Royal Academy, could afford many instances of eases which had occurred where their advice was sought by youthful aspirants. He could well imagine that in some of these cases their friend would feel somewhat embarrassed as to the advice which he would give. His situation re- minded him of a visit paid by a dear old lady friend of his who entertained a scheme for abandoning the cares of family, and writing a series of feminine sermons, by which she thought she could greatly ameliorate the con- dition of her sex in general (a laugh). She took the advice of a distinguished clergyman on the subject. The good man took her hand very kindly in his, he squeezed it, fondly (a laugh), spoke to her with that mellifluous, beneficent voice, without which no distinguished clergy- man was distinguished, and he told her that she and her family and the world at large would be much better if she would stay at home and darn the family linen (a laugh). Of the many who in early youth sough the advice of those whom they considered competent to give it, there were, however, many to whom a word of encouragement would be of great assistance. The society of which he was the advocate had been established nearly half a century, and had already bestowed in relief upwards of £ 30,000. Consi- dering the great benefits which the society had accomplished he felt disposed ta recommend to gentle- men present that on their return home each should make a codicil in favour of the society, and he hoped it would be many years before the society would reap any benefit from this expression of sympathy with its objects (a laugh). A proposal had been made, he said, to establish orphanages, or homes for the orphans of artists. One gentleman, lie was happy to say, had come forward, who had desired that his name should not be made known, and had, in the most munificent manner, offered to build at his own cost, and equip an orphanage for twenty-five boys, provided the maintenance of the establishment was secured by the contributions of the artists themselves (cheers). Towards this expense Mr. Agnew had guaranteed L2,000, and other large sums had been promised by other friends and patrons of art. As soon as the first orphanage was completed and fairly established, the same kind friend had offered to provide a second building for the accommodation of twenty-five more orphans (cheers). Under these cir- cumstances, he (the chairman) felt fully justified in making an earnest appeal on behalf of the charity for whose benefit the tables had been so bountifully spread that evening (cheers). Other toasts followed, amongst which was that of the Chairman, who, in responding, stated that subscriptions to the amount of nearly £1,000 had been promised.

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