Close of the Fair.
--The seventh annual exhibition of the Virginia
Mechanics' Institute closed on Wednesday night, after being open to the public for nearly three weeks. Taking the exhibition in all its variety of phases, we are confident it was one of the most successful the Institute
has ever held.
The mechanical and manufacturing department, we are quite sure, has never been equalled in this city, and is the strongest evidence that the Institute
, by its admirable schools, is working a glorious revolution in this section of the South
As evidence of this, we need only refer to the elegant steam fire engine, the saw cleaner and sharpener, the Union press for pressing earth and fire coal, the elegant variety of saws of every kind, of all patterns of files, of beautiful shoes and boots, of fine specimens of turners', carpenters' and cabinet work, as well as of lock making, silver plating, book-binding and ruling, coopering, sewing machines
, etc., all of the highest grade of excellence, and of home manufacture.
At the close of the Fair
, premiums were awarded in all the various classes, in the publication of which some few errors were made, and which we now correct.
& Co. were awarded a certificate of silver medal for continued superiority in plows.
P. H. Starke
was awarded a silver medal for his Southern plow.
A. P. Routt
, of Gordonsville
, was awarded a certificate of a silver medal for his corn planter and drain plow.
During the exhibition an old diamond ring
, dated 1735, a $10 gold piece dated 1795, and an embroidered shirt, with brilliant studs, were stolen from the cases, for the recovery of which a reward of $50 has been offered.
For the return of the ring or the gold piece.
$20 will be paid and no questions asked; and for the return of the shirt and buttons $10 will be paid.
As the old coin and ring will probably be offered for sale, it is hoped they may yet be restored to their owners.
The coin is so marked that it can readily be recognized.