Press cutting titled: Mr. F. John Horniman, The Millionaire

A press cutting about Mr. Horniman’s visit abroad to cities such as; Galle, Colombo, Ismailia, and Ceylon. The excerpt describes how Mr. Horniman had a pleasant and profitable stay and through the librarian of the Colombo Museum obtained letters of introduction to Mr. Gore of Kandy, and Mr. H. C. P. Bell of Anuradhapura who were of great service to him in helping him secure exhibits for the museum. Mr. Horniman describes the island as having the perfect climate, the kindness of the people he came across and his deep interest in these people. During his travel he collected a large number of interesting objects for the museum which cost him Rs. 5,000. The excerpt continues to describe Mr. Horniman as a man in his prime, having amassed a vast collection and being the founder of ‘The Horniman Museum’. It describe the objects and ornaments displayed at the museum, with Chinese embroidery, paintings, and panels of cloth, a reception room filled with Chinese workmanship, a horse armoury, and many other exquisite items that will be of great interest to the visitor. The excerpt concludes with Mr. Horniman’s connection to tea planting and that he belongs to one of the oldest firms in tea distributing with his tea being well-known around Europe.

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