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CURRENT TOPICS, THE members of the Metropolitan Board are generally unfortunate in their selection of a eite for a new hospital. Among the recent, selections made was the lantllyillg close to Tooting Bec-coinmon, and of course their proposal to acquire a site near a place of public resort, was vigorously and successfully opposed. Their latest design was to establish a convalescent hos- pilal at Norwood, which is certainly one of the mostabtractivo as well as (lie most) salubrious, outskirts of London. The inhabitants and these interested in the Crystal Palace protested against. the scheme, and ib is no wonder that the authori- ties of the Local Government Board, while declin- ing to sanction the acquisition of such a site, have just declared thai) "all the circumstances of the case" are against carrying out such a echeme. THE death of Sir George Elvey removes from the musical profession a talented organist, a fluent, writer of refined compositions of all character, a kind teacher, and a-thorough genile- 11" He was bornin Canterbury on Mai ch 27t li 1816, and was a chorister in the Cathedral there. II", studied under the ol'flllisl. HIl!hl\!oro Skeat. whom he succeeded in 1835 at the Windsor Chapel, an appointment lie resigned in 1882. Sir Geortre, who was knighted in 1871, was a graduate of New College, Oxford, taking the Mus. Bac. Degree in 1S3S, and the Mus. Doc. two years later. Numer- ous anthems, hymn-tunes, chants, and orjran music were the products of bin pen, by which his name will long live in the annals of church music bill, lie also composed an oratorio, "The Resurrec* li.-ii and AFcen«ion," produced by the Sacred Harmonie Society in December, 1SJO two chorales f'Ung all the funeral of the Pi nice Consort;; a Festal March, written for the wadding of Princess Louise; the "Albert Edward March," played at: the wedding of the Duke of Connnught; several P'lri-sonijs and a glee. The popular anthem, How down tbine ear," won for him, in 1834, lito G i esham Prize Medal. His elder brother, Dr. Stephen Elvev, was organist of New College, Ox lord, in 1S30, and died in that city in 1860, at the age of litty-five. Is he British workman, as a workman, del eriorat iiu; notwithstanding all that is being done for his cdllcalioll aud the improvement' of his circum- stances? At the annual dinner of the Leeds Fore- men Engineers it was asset ted by aile large employer of labour in the engineering trades that, one thing lacking in I hose trades was really efficient woikmen. At a conference of members of the Aichitecfnial Association and members of Trades Unions hold ill LOlldon a similar complaint was made against he character of he average workman employed in the building trades of the metropolis. I: is generally believed that London attracts many of the most capable men in every profession, and in a great variety of trades. It, is asserted by Mr. Owen Fleming, the member of the Architects' Association who has laid an indictment against an impoit int, class of woikmen, that many of the best) mechanics in London are not Londoners, but men who received their training in the provinces. The standard of efficiency which these men bring with them cannot; be regauled as till exceptionally high one in the light of Alr. Flemings allegations; and yet only fill IlIcredlbly snvdl proportion of the general body of wm leers attain to it. Mr. Fleming challenged the Operative Bricklayers' representa- tive to say that ovell 25 per cent, of the men who present themselves on a job are capable of executing a piece of good face brickwork. Even among the comparatively few capable men it is said to be difficult, to get a piece of fits! class WOI k done with- out constant supervision. Capable joiners, Mr. Fleming added, were as hard to find as capable bricklayers. The shop foreman of one of the largest London contractors told him that; he only accepted one out of every four who applied to him for work. The others were not able to put together machine-made joinery to his satisfaction." On all sides architects are confronted with evidences of want. of knowledge or want of care. Mr. Fleming assured his audience that he had made careful investigation inordor to verify his own experience. THE exnlanal ion of this lack of efficiency that; will occur to many people is that work has to bo done under greater pressure, and tliab what Mr. Fleming alleges is not due so much to want of skill to II'Llill, of iiiiie. The woiktnan, it will be said, has no time to bestow pains upon his work. A is no sooner built I hall it is regarded as ready for occupation. The tenant moves in, as a rule, btfoi e the WDI 1.1111111 moves out, so that the rapidity uiili which a building can bo "run up" is deemed of more importance than the quality of the workmanship put into all its details of btick- b»ying, j iineiy, painter's and plumber's work. for this explanation, Mr. Fleming asserts tlmi; it does not apply. Ht) mailltains thab work is now done at a much slower rate than it used t,o be. Si- voi al cont i act ors haveassni ed him that the juice of labour to day is 40 per cent, or 50 per cent, •higher than it used to be, owing, principally, to the length of time men take in the work. "Brick- layers are compelled not to-hy more than 400 or 500 bricks per day, w 1'f'I'Ntl'itell years ago thenverage per man was nearer 1 000." 11r. Flemillg, as an architect, may be assumed to speak as one having authority, but Iii", statements as to the slower rate •of woi k are difficult to reconcile with the changes introduced into like in order to fxcditato operations. The "jerry" builder, for example, whet her in London or in the provinces, never seems to make haste slowly. Where the gia-s giew and the laiks-ang during the summer days, the jerry builder has street) after street of IIM ellinir.houses, not fit for habitation, all occu- pied loo be foi e ti Ie follow ing spring. It may be that in connection wit h Government conhacts, such as the building of u new provincial post-office, as long lime is consumed as would have sufficed in by gone a^es to build a cathedral. But when a big hotel or a new factory has to be "tun up," the same leisurely methods which si-flice for a post office are not pei mil ted. The condition ofaffaira described by !Jr. Filming, however, calls for investigation into its causes. If the fctandard of efficiency among woi ktnen is really tending downwards at the same time as organisation among l hem iabecom- ing more pei feet, it i* "ell that allanl ion shonlti be drawn to the fact. We have yet to hear the wotk- inen's statement on their own behalf. IT may be noted that the case of the alleged "inmate bridegroom," Mis. S'anley or Cullener, who for some years went about, like Rosalind, 41 girl in all points like a man," has had more than a parallel in history. At the quarter sessions held at Taunt mi in N'lVuniber 1746, oneMaiy Hamilton, alias (j<M rge and Charles Hamilton, was pub on 'rial for having atrayid herself in masculine at tire, ;nd goijur through the ceremony of toarriagewith fewer than fourteen women The latest,spouse, -d ay Price, yuve evidence against this Brjgbam \oung in p< tticcats. The justices hardly knew how to deal with the case; so, in those days of in avy pi nishmt nis for trivial offences, the adven- M"ous Mary H.indlon got off veiy lightly. A (viper of Ihe period says that the Bench "agreed ,hewasan uncommon, nolotious cheat, and sen- lined her to be publicity whittinTaunton, Glastonbury, Well. and Shiptoll Mallet; to be imprisoned for s x months, and to find securily foi her good behaviour for as long a I ime as I he jurtices 111, the next qlHlrler sessions fhultftinkut." FORTUNE GREEN, which is siinated at West H.-m),ste:d, 'S i 1"catened with desttuc ion, ihough 'fs maintained by its defenders thai, it has. been a vdla^e giem for at least two centuries. Certain pets,ins claim to have received authority from (he iordofthe manor to cut down tieepram[ to remove mould from ibis niuch-pi ized «)«i space, and wit hill the In: t few days have aClili-l'v begun to exercise their snippoi-ed rigid; Bin ihe meeting lie of t.fil, Pieservatinn Society, shows that the, inhabitants of ihe distnci, aie 1i c e, mi(iui '.noi,'fo J elii;q')iish their ancient wivibj-i* u hout good tea soup. 'TIlleY have re"I"e,llfJ""p,j 'I) ¡ lot. L,)udoll County 'Council, as well as t<, i.o—vri<-tr>.v->4<>tt-e0f ist^io^, and we cannot doubt thai u genCrous response will bo the result.■ ■ -Ul

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