Attempt to Deface "Night."
ATTEMPT TO DEFACE "NIGHT." Tar and Feathers in Glass Containers. TIMELY ARRIVAL OF POLICE. An attempt which was only partly successful was made during Monday night to tar and feather Epstein's statue "Night" in the Broadway, Westminster. Shortly after 2 a.m. a policeman became suspicious regarding the movements of four men who were near the sculpture, and on his approach they drove rapidly away, in a car! The officer found broken glass and tar and feathers on the ground below the sculpture. When day broke it was seen that there were a few dark blobs on "Night," which is'forty feet from the ground, and it is supposed that in order to accomplish their work of defacing the statue the men had brought tar and feathers in glass containers. Apparently only one of these containers had been thrown at " Night," and when the glass broke very little of the tar stuck to the statue. The men were evidently disturbed' by the police before they had time to hurl other containers. This ie the third time an attempt has been made to disfigure-work-by Epstein. Last week the sculptor's much-discussed "Kima" in Hyde Park, was found -tarred and feathered, and three years aeo the same sculpture was covered with green Eamt snortly alter it had been unveiled y Mr. Stanley Baldwin. Office of Works officials have been engaged in cleaning the statue and have found great difficulty in removing the tar from the crevices of "Kima." Benzol, paraffin, and soda have been used. In August of last year Sir George-Frampton's famous " Peter Pan," in Kensington Gardens, was also tarred and feathered, and it was thought that the outrage was in the nature of a reprisal on the part of admirers of Epstein's art. Mr. Epstein's Comment. "Well, I am in good company," was the comment of Mr. Jacob Epstein, when his attention was drawn to the attempted outrage by a reporter. " Michael Angelo's ' David was stoned by the populace of Florence, and guards had to be put over it. So I feel I am in good company. I do not think it is altogether the work of mischievous persons, not in the sense like window-slashing. That is all I have to say." " Night " is over the north side entrance to the Unde: ground building. It represents a female figure drawing the cloak of night over herself and two children. The sculptor's sister-work "Morning" is over the south entrance, and consists of J. group of male figures looking toward the dawn. Epstein began work on the figures in December, 1928. Standing on scaffolding in a temporary studio erected on the side of the building, he braved the cold spell of the eaily part of this year and became absorbed in his task. No intruders were permitted to disturb him, and the thousands of people who daily passed underneath into the new building were unaware of what form the sculptor's work would take. Until the scaffolding and covering were removed the secrets of " Night " and " Morning " were closely guarded. RIMA "TRAVESTY." Mr. Galsworthy and the Hyde Park Statue. Mr. John Galsworthy described the Rima statue in Hyde Park as " a travesty and a kind of desecration" in a lecture at Foyle's Lecture Hall, Charing Cross Road, London, last night. He was speaking on " Six novelists in profile," and dealing with W. H. Hudson's Rima said that. kIip finifindiod I at once the spell of nature and the yearn- A The R 101 at her ing of the human soul for that intimacy with nature which through self-consciousness or should he say town life ? we had lost. " She stands alone in literature," he continued, " for immaterial beauty. I recoil from the much-debated statue of Rima set up three years ago in Hyde Park. The task was impossible, indeed, for any artist, however original. Metal and stone are unsuited to the volatile and rarified. " In the figure of Rima, Hudson was trying to express an uncanny sympathy with all that is not human, and especially with the winged and sweet-songed freedom of birds, which he beyond all men felt. And to see it travestied by this self-confident and heavy product of a studio is, to one who knew Hudson, a kind of desecration. Such things are done in haste, repented at leisure." BODY IN RIVER. Cheshire Man's Name on Documents. A number of hloodstained articles were found yesteiday in the cabin of the pleasuie steamer Lily bird, which was laid up for the winter at Evesham (Worcestershire). The landing-stage was blood-bespattered for thirty yards and finger-prints in blood were seen on one of the posts supporting the stage. Dragging was immediately begun, and later the police recovered the body of a man fiom the river rear the steamer. Documents bearing the name " Captain C. H. O. D. Burrell, of Heswall, Cheshire," weie found in the cabin, together with letters bidding farewell to fiiends. Window-slashing has extended to Burnley Yesterday occupants of at least fifty shops in the Burnley .Lane area of the town were dismayed to find deep cuts along their windows. In Colne Road, where most of the damage has been done, few windows for a distance ot about half a mile have escaped.