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Amateur Lecturers and Lecturing. With an experience of catering for Lecturers during the past 16 years, we have come to the conclusion that vast improvement may be made in the style of the thousand and one Amateur Lecturers up and down the country, and with a view of getting the best opinion, the Directors of the Journal offer a prize of £1 1s. Od. for the best, and 10/6 for the second best contributed articles on “flow to delover a successful Lantern Lecture,”’ not to exceed 1,000 words. The article must be written from an amateur, not professional style of lecturing.
Harrow Churech.—At the lower School on Saturday evening, October 4th, Mr. S. Gardner delivered a very interesting lecture, illustrated by a series of photographic views on Harrow Church. The lecture which was listened to throughout with the greatest attention, was illustrated by means of some 64 beautiful slides made from Mr. Gardner’s own photographs.
Lantern Service.—The first of the winter series.of lantern services was given in the Theatre Royal, Newmarket Road, Cambridge, in connection with the Barnwell Mission, on Sunday evening, October 5th, when there was a large audience to listen to a lecture by Mr. Gilling on the subject of ‘The Redemption.”
Chester and District Camera Club.—On Monday, October 6th, the first meeting of the winter session was held at the headquarters, City Road, when a good number of members attended to hear Mr. R. J. Dubbin, of Messrs. Edwards and Co., demonstrate on Kristal plates and the inaking of lantern slides. He also shewed by means of several slides which were thrown on the screen, the great advantage gained by the use of Isochromatic Plates. The president, Mr. E. H. Thomas, briefly introduced the lecturer, and at the close proposed a hearty vote of thanks which was seconded by Mr. J. G. Cockrane. These demonstrations are held on the first and third Mondays in each month, and informal meetings every Thursday evening.
Woodhouse Literary Society.—This society commenced its winter session on Tuesday night, October 7th, when Mr. Muir Wilson, Sheffield, gave his new lecture, “A Ride in the Great Sahara.” It was illustrated by splendid lantern slides, and a large number of animated pictures,
which were specially taken by Mr. Jasper Redfearn, who accompanied the lecturer on his African tour. The chair was occupied by Dr. Scott.
Christ Church, Southport.—On Tuesday evening, October 7th, a lecture to a fairly large attendance was given by the Rev. G. E. Craven, Association Secretary to the South American Missionary Society. The chair was taken by the Rev. Canon Honeyburne, who said in his opening remarks that South America was a country which had just lately been opened up, and in which there had been some wonderful discoveries made. The lecture, which was illustrated by a number of lime-light views, was full of interest, and showed Indian life on the Chilian and Argentina side of the Andes. ,
Edinburgh Photographic Society.—The opening meeting of this Society for the session 1902-3 was held in the hall, 38, Castle Street, on Wednesday, October 8th. Dr. James Burns, who presided over a large attendance, delivered the opening address, which for the greater part dwelt on the advantages which the Society offered to all interested in photography. For the present session the syllabus contained papers embracing the technical, scientific, artistic, and entertaining aspects of the art. The president regretted: the falling away of some member at the end of each session. Those who thus fell away, and gave as ayreason that they had lost interest in the art, appeared to the speaker to be those who had no definite aim in photography. Proceeding, the president touched on the various fields which afforded opportunities for specialisation. Amongst others he mentioned architecture. To the photoerapher architecture had its difficulties, but it ought to be very popular, as it was one of the grandest to which a photographer could devote his energies and skill. In the closing portion of his address the president urged on the members the desirableness of increasing the membership of the Society so that they might be in a financial condition to enable them to secure new premises. The address was followed by a paper on “A Short Holiday in Normandy.” The paper, which was given by Mr. G. R. Anderson, C.E., was illustrated by lime-light views.
The Annual Exhibition of the Society will be held in the Society’s Hall, 38, Castle Street, Edinburgh, from Saturday, November 22nd to Saturday, December 6th, 1902. The judges are, O. Ogilvy Reed, R.S.A., Edinburgh, Harold Baker, Birmingham, and Charles Sweet, Rothesay. Fuller information may be obtained from the Ion. Sec., Mr. J. S. McCulloch, 3a, North Street, David Street, Edinburgh.