ites-VIII, Lorna Dcone ,' by R. D. Elackmore
TODAY Miss Ann Spice will talk of a book that has kept its place in the favour of the reading public much better than some of those which she has previously discussed. ' 'Lorna Dcone '. was. published in 1869 and its charm has not waned since ; in fact, it is safe to say that its characters-the delightful Lorna and her simple John Ridd , the subtle Counsellor and the savage Carver, bold Tom Faggus and his faithful Winnie-and its unique settings on the moors, are very nearly as well known now as they were fifty years ago.
WATER-DIVINING is one of the superstitions that have justified themselves and developed into sciences. The man with the' hazel twig which gives such clear indication of the presence of subterranean water is known throughout the countryside. Serious business firms do not now disdain to call in the services of the professional diviners, of whom Mr. Tompkins is one. Listeners who remember his previous talk from London some time ago will be glad to hear more of his interesting lore this evening.
Turpin's Day '
DICK TURPIN was hanged at York in 1739, and it was not until eighty years later that John McAdam published his famous book on roads, which made his namo synonymous with good road-paving for a century more. Indeed it is only during the last few years that concrete and such materials have begun to replace on main roads tho macadam which in years of lighter traffic had served Britain so well. When Turpin rode to York asphalt and macadam and wood-blocks were unknown ; cobbles or granite setts were the rule in towns, and an unpredictable natural product encountered the man who ventured off the turnpike roads, outside. It was no uncommon event then for men and horses alike to become completely enmixed. Mr. Beales, who gives this talk on the roads of England two centuries ago, is well known as a lecturer at the London School of Economics and to the W.E.A.
THE WIRELESS ORCHESTRA,
Conducted by HAYDN WOOD
MEGAN THOMAS (Soprano)
REX PALMER (Baritone)
HAYDN WOOD , the well-known composer and , string player, is a Yorkshireman (born in 1882). Ho studied the Violin and Composition at the Royal College of Music (under Arbos and Stanford, respectively) and under the Violinist, Cesar Thomson , at Brussels. For a good many years ho toured the Empire with Albani.
A String Quartet of his won one of the prizes offered by Mr. W. W. Cobbett. Ho has written also aPianoforteConcerto, a Suite, Variations, etc., but perhaps he is best known through the considerable number of tuneful and pleasant ballads which stand to his name and which have attained great popularity.
Overture, ' A May Day '
FOR the artistic education of a nation it is not enough to provide museums; they must be made readily accessible and attractive to ordinary people. Sir Robert Witt has every right to talk on this subject, for nobody in this country has done more to make pictures accessible to those who want to see them, without being art students in the technical sense. Besides being a Trustee of the National Gallery and of the Tate, and Chairman of the National Art Collections Fund, and the National Loan Collection Trust, he is a member of the present Royal Commission on our national museums and galleries. He also runs a valuable museum of reproductions at his own house in Portman Square.
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