1897 The Lancet  
1074 also designed the concert-room. The Duke of Cambridge having taken his seat, Mr. R. H. Moore, the chairman of the Baths Committee, gave a short but most interesting account of the baths and the various improvements and means for utilising the waters which have been carried out from time to time. That these additions were worth carrying out from a purely commercial point of view was shown by the fact that since they had been in use the income to the city from the baths had increased from
more » ... 00 per annum to over .E6000. Though the Corporation of Bath naturally rejoiced over this it was not simple selfishness, for the increased and increasing use of the baths meant relief from pain and suffering for many hundreds of invalids. His Royal Highness then, after a short speech of congratulation, declared the additional buildings open. After this the mayor, Mr. C. Woodiwiss, entertained some 250 guests to luncheon in the Guildhall. Among the medical men present were Dr. who had been invited, was unfortunately prevented from being present. After luncheon the medical visitors were given a private demonstration of the various methods of bathing employed and the different kinds of baths in use. All these were described and explained by Mr. Henry Freeman, F.R.C.S. Irel. A reception and tea were also held at the Royal United Hospital. In the evening the medical profession of Bath and the neighbourhood entertained their professional brethren at dinner. Altogether some forty sat down, Dr. L. A. Weatherley being in the chair. The dinner went off very well and reflected great credit on the indefatigable secretary of the Medical Reception Committee, Mr. W. M. Beaumont. The chairman proposed the health of the guests, which was responded to by Dr. John Harley. After dinner the company proceeded to the reception given by his Worship the Mayor in the new concert-room. The old Roman bath was illuminated in good taste, the lamps being small and subdued and therefore not productive of any jarring effects, and the whole scene was one of great beauty. Bath, we think, may well be proud of the way in which the various entertainments were carried out, and her guests have every reason to be grateful. Mr. T. Sturge Cotterell, on behalf of the corporation, has spared no pains to impress upon the world at large the beauties and benefits which the city of crescents offers to all alike, while as more particularly concerning ourselves the Medical Reception Committee, through Mr. W. M. Beaumont and Dr. Bannatjne, were untiring in their efforts to show everything that could be seen and to extend an almost overwhelming hospitality. The corporation has intimated its intention of carrying out still further improvements, so that we do not feel ungrateful in suggesting one. Bath is pre-eminently the city in Great Britain which needs, and could support, a casino-we mean a place where the resident or visitor could just stroll in on paying sixpence or so and enjoy a cup of coffee, and listen to a good string band. Perhaps the new concert-room will be sometimes utilised in this way, but we fancy it would be better to have an additional building. It need not be more than a kind of large conservatory, but it must be properly managed, and the fault avoided which spoils so many places in London of ordering people about. This sin is especially in evidence at that notable failure from an entertainment point of view, the Imperial Institute, where the visitor is told he may not do this or that and may not go here or there, and when at length, after many trials, he does arrive at the gardens," what does he find '1 An asphalte paved court, surrounded by brick walls, looking more like a prison exercising ground than anything else. We have sore need in this country of more opportunities of simple and cheap relaxation, and Bath is one of the places to show how they can be brought about.
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