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The Royal Naval Exhibition

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THE Naval Exhibition, now being held at Chelsea, is distinctly a popular show. The management—recognizing that the first duty of an Exhibition is not to show a pecuniary deficit—has wisely decided to follow the lead given by Sir Philip Cunliffe Owen, and has devoted the chief of its energies to fireworks, waxworks, peep-shows, pictures, shooting-galleries, mimic sham fights, and musical entertainments of a kind known to sailors as “sing-songs.” The end justifies the means. Not only does the Committee of distinguished Admirals labour to supply Londoners with a cheap and innocent means of enjoyment, but the final result will be the establishment of a substantial fund to endow a most deserving charity. Fortuitously there are features which possess a more serious interest; and though there may be nothing especially new in the Exhibition, the man of science who has not been brought much in contact with naval matters may find there a good deal that is worth consideration.

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