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dle back on the recover stroke, Clyde, and let Maurice handle the lamp. I'll take “But' in my canoe and keep him just astern of you.” For a half-hour they drifted along like ghosts, Maurice bending low in the bow, carefully shrouding the light and listening intently for the slightest sound. This side of the cove at the narrows he opened the jack on a young buck, who caught a glimpse of his arm as he did so and fled among the trees. An hour passed and Jack whispered: “Nothing doing to-night,” when a warning gesture from Maurice caused him to catch his breath sharply and strain his eyes upon a big black object in the water just ahead and a little out toward the depths. Like painted craft the canoes lay motionless until Maurice was certain he had the range, when he opened the jack full upon - a remarkable picture. There stood a bull moose with antlers in the velvet, quietly pulling at lilypads all about him. A surprised grunt and the giant sagged shoreward, changed his mind when he found the light staring him in the face and turned toward the point. When he saw that he had an unobstructed path to the woods, he deliberately wheeled half about and stood looking over his shoulder at the jack. “This is near enough for me, thank you—that beast might be an ugly customer if he didn’t like our looks, but is worth coming a thousand miles to see.” “Right, Clyde, and from here it looks better, for your canoe is in our line of vision as well as the glare of the

lamp and the big fellow with blazing eyes. There goes the monarch, and if you can reproduce this picture as I see it, you're a wonder, “But,' Get it for my den.” “It's just as good as framed and hung there, old scout, my word for it. No man ever had a better chance to get every detail.” A few days since the expressman left a package at the door and the drawing from which the cut here shown was made is the fulfillment of the promise made on the jacklit bosom of Big Spencer, after midnight on that never-to-be-forgotten occasion. It was a glorious ending of a most successful trip through a delightful country and on the return to Stratton, where the Hotel Blanchard is the center of all things, a score of guides looked over these sketches and were unanimous in their expressions of admiration for the faithful portrayal of well-known conditions. A famous sportsman, who was deeply interested, remarked: “Who can father a doubt regarding the abundance of game in this sportsman's Eldorado? Fairly alive with splendid specimens, though a country may be, it is not by any means the rule that even tireless enthusiasts can bring home the best of photographs as the result of instantaneous snapshots. “But here is a country knowing no limit in its delights for the hunter, giving an artist so much leeway in the duration of his period of sketching and observation, that you have grandly succeeded in bringing home, ‘a hunter's El Dorado in black and white.’”



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UNICIPAL and civic art is an exceedingly fertile field for discussion, and one in which the citizens of the leading cities of America are becoming increasingly interested. It would be utterly impossible to treat adequately of the subject in a magazine article, but a few bits of history and of prophecy may be noted concerning this work in Hartford. First should be mentioned some of the clubs and societies which have co-operated actively and successfully in the promotion of municipal welfare along the lines of civic improvement. These are arranged alphabetically and the names of the various presidents and secretaries given for the convenience of any readers who may wish to glean further information concerning them. Art instruction in the public schools is carried on under several teachers, each school district, including also the Public High School, having its own art instructor. These are organized under a Board of Directors. The Art Society of Hartford was organized June, 1877, and incorporated March, 1886, with rooms in the Wadsworth Athenaeum building. Courses are offered in drawing from life and from casts, oil painting, water colors and pastels; also advanced courses in illustration, pen and ink sketching, and modeling. There are Saturday classes for teachers and such scholars as are unable to be present at the regular classes. Four days a week a costumed model poses for the Sketch Class. Among its lecturers it can number such

men as Joseph W. Champney, William N. Chase and Walter Griffin. school has sent scholarship pupils to the Boston Art Museum, where they have again taken scholarships entitling them to a period of study abroad. The managers are raising a fund for building and endowment, and they hope soon to be able to possess excellent studios where all the classes can meet. President, Mrs. C. C. Beach; Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. George G. Williams. The Arts and Crafts Club of Hartford was organized in January, 1903. This society has classes in metal working and other arts-and-crafts work, and has given several very successful exhibitions. It has a shop and salesroom at 904 Main Street. President, Miss C. Louise Williams; SecretaryTreasurer, Claudia E. Ebbets. The Camera Club of Hartford is probably the oldest club of its kind in the country, having been organized February 18, 1885, and incorporated in 1892. Its membership is some 75 or 80. Its aim is the promotion of the art of photography in general, as well as among its members. To this end occasional exhibits have been held, to show what work it has accomplished. It has co-operated effectively with other agencies in respect to the artistic side of civic development. President, Dr. Frederic S. Crossfield; Corresponding Secretary, Charles R. Nason. The Civic Club of Hartford, a women's organization, dates from January 10, 1895. Its membership is limited to 150. Its chief aim is to help

The writer wishes to thank Miss Hewins of the Hartford Public Library, and those officers and members of the various Clubs, who have so kindly assisted in the accumulation of statistics regarding them.

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the advancement of the city in moral and civic directions. Observing the plan in other cities, this Club conceived the idea of starting vacation schools here. It also established the public playgrounds and school gardens. While these were in the experimental stage, they were supported by this Club and by interested individuals, and when they had been proved a success the city took them over. The Club is divided into numerous sections, such as the sections in charge of streets,

schools, art, health, police court, and so on, the chairmen of which are members of the board of directors. With the aid of other clubs and individuals, it has bought a number of photographs for circulation among the schools. One school exhibits them during the year and then sends them on to another. President, Mrs. Appleton R. Hillyer; Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. Charles T. Welles. The Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, organized October 23, 1902, has its headquarters in Hartford. President, W. R. Briggs, of Bridgeport; Secretary-Treasurer, Charles O. Whitmore, of Hartford. The Connecticut League of Art Students was founded in ISSS and incorporated in 1895, with studios at 92 Pearl Street. This League originated in Hartford as “Mr. Flagg's Night Class.” It meets three evenings a week. Its success was marked from the beginning and was soon formally organized, its object being to give instruction to men who, because of expense or employment during the day, were unable to attend a regular art school. The League is self-supporting, no salaries being paid to instructors or officers, except that, if he desires, the treasurer's dues are remitted. The dues paid by the men are only such as are needed to defray necessary expenses. President, A. J. Eaton; Corresponding Secretary, T. F. Brubacker;



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Instructors: 1)rawing and Painting, Charles Noel Flags, Robert B. Brandegee and James Britton; Perspective, Professor Frederic R. Honey, Ph.B., and l. H. Grant; Anatomy, l\r, Joseph E. Root, The Hartford Art Club is a women's organization, consisting of about 25 members, some of whom are artists, They meet for the study of the different European Schools of Art, and kindred topics. For the last three years they have been engaged with the Italian school, and this year are giving their attention to the Spanish, President, Mrs. J. L. English; Secretary, Miss B, L, Franklin, The Municipal Art Society of Hartford was organized in 1904, its object being “to conserve and enhance in every practicable way the beauty of the streets, buildings, and public places of Hartford; to stimulate interest in the scenic, artistic and architectural development of the city; and to

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