278 IVORY AND THE ELEPHANT
introduction for it. After very careful examination of the work I found
his way of describing things to be very sincere and useful, especially
his rules and methods regarding human figures, animals, birds, fishes,
and almost all living things; these rules being imparted in such a way
as to bring the students to an easy understanding of the matter.
I predict that his efforts will greatly assist the progress of
students, and that many will thus achieve fame who otherwise would have
found the art much too difficult for them."
ivory workers are admitted by the Worshipful Company of Turners, an
organization founded in London, to the annual competitions instituted
by this society, under Class III, comprising amateurs. The chief prize
here is the Company's Silver Medal, in addition to which special
certificates of merit may be accorded for some of the best work
displayed. The extent to which some apparatus has been used to
supplement or modify the hand work is taken into consideration as well
as beauty and originality of design and appropriateness. The last
competition held in April, 1914, was the thirty-sixth of those held
under the auspices of this society.