Press cutting titled: The Horniman Museum

A press cutting of an article describing Mr. Horniman giving a reception to the members of The Japan Society at his museum at Forest Hill, on October 26. Disappointment was expressed at the absence of The Japanese Minister, Viscount Aoki, who expressed in a sent telegram that he is unable to make it as ‘official duties does not permit me to leave Berlin now’. He mentions his regret in not attending and sends his sincere thanks for the honour extended to him. Other members who were unable to attend were; Lord Mayor, Sir Trevor and Lady Lawrence, Mr. Elliot Lees, Mr. Emslie Horniman, Lady Colin Campbell and others. Among those who accepted however, were; Mr. Arthur Diosy (founder of the society and vice-chairman of the council), Mr. Y. Uchida, Mr. C. Holmes (honorary secretary), Mr. P. Bevan (honorary treasurer), Mr. R. Quick (curator of the museum and member of the society), and many others. Once the reception concluded, which lasted about an hour, the guests inspected the collection of exhibits and naturally the Japanese department came in for the chief attention. The veranda at the back of the museum was very pleasantly decorated, with Japanese lanterns and other lights. The excerpt concludes that around 8pm the party adjourned to Surrey Mount, where refreshments were being served, and a pleasant programme of vocal and instrumental music played under the direction of Mr. J. Dalgety Henderson. The party were then given a box of butterflies as mementos for their visit with all members expressing delight with the evening’s entertainment. The evening ended with Mr. Uchida proposing a hearty vote of thanks to Mr. Horniman, which was seconded by Mr. A. Diosy.

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