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The Prince and Princess of Wales opened the new wing of the Metropolitan and City Police Orphanage at Strawberry hill last Saturday. It was stated that 11,960 officers and constables of the London police contribute annually to the support of the institution, and that in it is provided accommodation for 150 boys and 200 girls. After the ceremony at this place, their Royal Highnesses opened, at Fortescue House, a bazaar in aid of the funds of the National Refuge for Homeless and Destitute Children.

Princess Beatrice distributed the prizes at the meeting of the Prince Consort's Association on Wednesday in Windsor Home Park. There was a flower show and an exhibition of bees and cottage handicraft.

Princess Beatrice has forwarded a handsome present to the Free Library, London-street, Bethnal-green; and the University of Oxford and the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty have made large grants of their publications to the institution, which is supported by voluntary contributions.

Madame Modjeska on Wednesday afternoon, assisted by Mr. Forbes Robertson and Mr. G. W. Anson, acted, for the only time this season, the part of Adrienne Lecouvreur, at a musical and dramatic entertainment given at the Court Theatre in aid of the funds of the Popular Ballad Concerts Committee.

The annual flower show of the Westminster Society for Promoting Window Gardening among the Working Classes—a society in which Dean Stanley was especially interested—was held in the College Garden of Westminster Abbey on Thursday.

The annual meeting of the Association for the After Care of Poor and Friendless Female Convalescents on leaving Asylums for the Insane was held on Wednesday week at the house of Dr. Ogle, Cavendish-square, when the Earl of Shaftesbury presided.

The annual fete of the Metropolitan and City Police Orphanage was held at the Crystal Palace on Thursday week, and about 30,000 persons attended. Lieutenant-Colonel Labalmondiere distributed prizes won in the athletic sports.

The South Kensington Museum was yesterday week for the first time the scene of the annual conversazione of the Working Men's Club and Institute Union—Sir Thomas Brassey, M.P., who succeeded the late Dean Stanley as President of the Union, having conceived the happy thought of availing himself on this occasion of the resources of the museum as a place of social gathering.

General Burnaby has handed over 3000 to the Royal Cambridge Asylum for Soldiers' Widows as a first installment of the proceeds of the military tournament recently held at Islington. Last year the benefit derived from the tournament by this institution was 500. This year General Burnaby took the matter under his personal direction, with this gratifying result.

There will be an amateur concert at Dudley House, Park-lane, next Monday afternoon, in aid of the funds of the Hospital for Women, Soho-square.

The forty-third annual meeting of the Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners' Royal Benevolent Society will be held at the Mansion House next Friday afternoon; the Lord Mayor, as vice-president of the society, in the chair.

The Grocers' Company have subscribed 100 to the fund for giving relief to the Egyptian refugees, being raised at the Mansion House. The Mansion House Committee on Monday decided to send 1000 for the relief of the Egyptian refugees at Malta.

Mrs. F. D. Goldsmid has given a second donation of 100, and Miss Anna Maria Goldsmid a third donation of 100, to the fund for the relief of the persecuted Jews. A sum of 500, collected at Wurzburg, has been added to the fund.

Source: The Illustrated London News, No.2254—Vol. LXXXI, Saturday, July 15, 1882, p.71