PERSONAL NOTES FROM HOME
Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle, Rōrahi VI, Putanga 312, 25 Paengawhāwhā 1911, Page 2
PERSONAL NOTES FROM HOME
LONDON, March 10. Professor C. Coleridge Farr, of Canterbury College, whose arrival m London I recorded last week, tells me that he came by ,the direct route, stopping eight weeks m the Argentine. There, at the invitation of the Marconi Company, he was present at some successful experiments m receiving wireless signals from Ireland and Canada, over a distance of nearly 6,000 miles — the longest distance, I believe, that has yet been bridged by wireless. Professor and Mrs Farr reached London just a week ago, and they propose remaining m this part of the world until the end of the year. "My object m coming," said the professor, "is to see all the physical laboratories that I can, and to renew old friendships and make new ones between myself and men engaged m similar work to my own. I trust 1 am still too young for a pleasure trip m the ordinary sense. I have already called on several of the makers of scientific apparatus, with a view to ascertaining why it is that so much' of the apparatus we use m the colonies comes from Germany." Lady Hall- Jones, wife of the High Commissioner for New Zealand, was "at home" on Thursday afternoon at her house m Kedcliffe Gardens, and numbers of New Zealaiiders called between four and six, among them being Mrs Walter Nathan, of Wellington ; Mrs Holmwood (Wellington) and her daughter Mrs Ballance, also of Wellington ; Mrs Raymond, Gore ; Mts Sauerberg and her sister Mrs Sta.tham, Wellington ; Mrs and Miss Scholefield, Milton ; Miss Grace Joel, Dunedin ; Mrs Rouse Marten ; Miss Halse, Taranaki ; Mrs and Miss Lang, Wellington*; Mrs Hind, Port Chalmers ; Miss Isitt, Wellington ; Mrs Cowie, etc. Lady Hall-Jones was . m black grenadine, with a vest of white lace ; Mrs Christie, her daughter, wore a beautiful gown of grey silk crepe-, with yoke and ' sleeves of grey ninon over gold net; Miss Fannie Hall-Jones, black crepe de chine; Miss Rose Hall-Jones, pale grey eolienne ; and Miss Hattie Hall- Jones rose dv barri foulard spotted with white. A farewell "at home" is being given for Mrs Christie (who returns to New Zealand very shortly) by Lady Hall- Jones next Tuesday.
. Miss F. V. J. Jacobsen, of the teaching staff of the Auckland Girls' Grammar School, is visiting England on a year's leave of absence, m order to study educational methods m the girls' secondary schools of this country. Since her arrival by the Ruapehu on January 27 Mis 3 Jacobsen has spent three days at Oxford and three weeks m ondon, combining sight-seeing with visits to secondary schools. Un Monday last she commenced duties as a member of the staff of Wycombc Abbey Girls' School, High Wycombe, tho principal of which is Miss A. Whitelaw, late head mistress of the Auckland Girls' Grammar School. Miss Jacobsen will probably remain on the Abbey staff until the long vacation, which she wiJl spend abroad. She hopes to spend the winter term m another large school, for she considers that by so doing she can best obtain an insight into the workings of the schools, fcjhe will return to Isew Zealand m December or January to resume work at the Auckland Girls' Grammar School.
Many New Zealanders must know Cuptain J. P. Ruthven , the senior commander m the service of the Orient line. Captain Rnthven lias just retired, after forty-three years at sea, of which thirty-one have been spent with the Orient Company. He hoa completed eighty-seven voyages between England and Australia, and for twentythree years past he has held the position of senior eomander m the service. During tJie period he was at sea Captain Ruthven navigated 2,305,000 nautical miles, which equals something like two and twothirds million English miles. He has been through Port Philip Heads 337 times, these of Port Jackson 196 times, has passed the Suez Canal 152 times, and over the Equator 202 times. In the early days he made nine trips by sailing ships, covering a period oi over ten years. Captain Ruthven has contributed a good deal to nautical literature, and has at present m the press a new work, shortly to be published, dealing with the theory of the tides, m which special referejn.ee is made to the action of the tides on the Australian coast. Among passengers going to and from Australia Captain Ruthven had hosts of friends. .
Mr H. Otto Frind, of, Toronto, who has been spending fifteen months m New Zealand, visiting relations at Auckland, climbing mountains, and touring the Dominion, is now visiting Europe en route for Canada. While m New Zealand Mr Frind 6pent Borne time amongst the Southern Alps, going over the Copland Pass and up the West Coast to the Franz Joseph glacier. He aleo climbed Ruapehu and Tongariro. Most of his time, however, was spent m Auckland. On .the way to Europe Mr Frind 6pent several months m Sydney and Melbourne, and two months m China and Japan, afterwards visiting India, Egypt, Greece, and Italy. He is now touring m Germany, and expects to put m a month there before returning to London for the Coronation, after which he leaves for homo.
Yen. Archdeacon A. Neild, of Dunedin, and his family, who arrived by the Rotorua on February 22, landed at Plymouth, and went straight to Bowdon, m Cheshire, where they are now staying with relatives. They will probably spend most of their time m that neighborhood, but the Archdeacon is also desirouG, he tella me, of seeing something of the working of the Church of England Men's Society, and of renewing acquaintance with some of the missionere who visited New Zealand last year. Dr Daniel Colquhoun, the well-known Dunedin practitioner and lecturer at Otago University, arrived here by the Rotorua oh February 23, accompanied by Mrs Colquhoun. They propose to remain m Europe ' until the end of the year. Dr C'-olquhoun is combining a good deal of professional work with travel and sight-seeing, and will visit the leading hospitals here, and probably on the Continent also. Meanwhile he and his wife are about to leave London for a month's tour m the Eastern Mediterranean, visiting Constantinople and Crete among other places. They will be m London for the Coronation, and expect to be back in* New Zealand at the beginning of next year.
Heir Beano Scherek, avant courier of many musical " stars " on New Zealand tours, and himself a. pianist of distinction, is back once more from the Antipodes. Just at present Herr Benno is on a visit to relatives at Posen, m Germany, but he will return to London m due course, and I hoar there is a likelihood of his settling m London this time.
Mr J. C. Campbell, the popular librarian of the High Commissioner's department, who has made a remarkable recovery after a critical operation, resumed his duties this week at the New Zealand offices m Victoria street.
Sir William and Lady Hall-Jones, the hitter m a. gown of ivory ninon, with an overdress of handsome ' embroideries m hydrangea shades, were among the guests present at a brilliant reception given m the Empire rooms of the Trocadero Restaurant by the Agent-General for Victoria m honor of Sir John Michael Fleet/wood Fuller. Bart., <?n his appointment as Governor of
Victoria (Australia), and to Lady Fuller. Amongst hundreds of other guests were the following, who are well known m New Zealand : — Madame Ada Crossley (m a blue brocaded gown, with an underdress of ivory lace and a tunic bordered with sable), Miss Dolly Castles, Mr E. M. Hallenstein, Madame Melba, the Earl and Countess of Ranfurley, Sir Charles Lucas, K.C.M.G., and Mrs Lucas, Miss Michie, Sir Albeit and Lady Spicer. Mis 6 Effie M. Young (Wellington), who has recently come to London, contributes an article on ' The New Zealand Girl ' to the current number of the 'Girl&' Realm.' Miss Young declares that "the flower of young womanhood is leaving the shores of New Zealand every year, and crowding into the older cities to swell the great heaving mass of competition !" This is news indeed.
Their friends m Wellington, Dunedin, and the South generally will be interested to hear of the marriage of Mr Stanley Bowmar, of Wellington, and Miss M. A. L. Hartley, of Dunedin. This New Zealand couple were married m Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A., on February 10, While m London Mr Bowmar joined the 6taff of Mr Joseph Fels, the American millionaire, who is practically financing the Single Tax movement all over the world, and after acting as his secretary for some time Mr Bowmar accepted a position with the Fels Fund Commission, which directs the campaigns for the taxation of land values m the United States. Miss Hartley has for the last two years been studying art m London.
Mrs .Stirling, m whose divorce case Lord Northland, son of Lord RanfuTly, was cited as co-respondent, was married this week to Lord George Cholmondelay, second son of the Marquis of Cholmondelay. The bride and bridegroom drove to the registrar's office at St. George's, Hanover square, and were married there m the presence of the Earl of Rocksavage (the bridegroom's eldest brother) and Lord Cardross. Since the Stirling divorce case Mrs Stirling has been appearing m musical •comedy at the London Gaiety Theatre.
Messrs W. J. Geddis and W. Blomfield, of Auckland, who reached Marseilles today by the P. and 0. liner Mantua, intend spending some weeks on the Riviera and m Italy before coming on to London. They expect to arrive here about the end of April. Mr and Mrs Bland Holt and Miss Coppin, Avho have been spending some time on the Riviera, are leaving for Vienna, whence they go to Berlin, and then on to London for the Coronation.
; Dr Douglas Mawson, who has just arrived from Australia, is engaged m organising an Australian Antarctic expedition, for which he will endeavor to enlist .the support of his Australian fellow countrymen m England, and hopcG to start for 'the South before the end of the year. As a valued member of Sir Ernest Shackleton's party, Dr Mawson pained much, experience of Antarctica., The proposed expedition will' coat' about £40,000, including the provision of & ship. The Earl of Onslow, ex-Governor of New Zealand and Chairman of Committees m the House, of Lords since 1905,: completed on Tuesday his fifty-eighth year, his lordship having been born on March 7. 1853. ..He .is at present at Clan-, don Park, his seat hear Guilford, making gradual recovery from a protracted and eerious illness. Lord Onslow, who. has, the distinctionlof being a member of a family that has given t,wo .Speakers to the House of Commons, succeeded to the peerage on the death of his grand -uncle m 3870. He was Governor of New Zealand from 1888 to 1892, and one of his cherished possessions is the museum of Maori relics still maintained at Clandon. His lordship twice held the position of Lordin-Waiting to Queen Victoria, and he had been Under-Secretary for the Colonies, Undersecretary for India, Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade, and President of the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries. He is High Steward of Guildford, and has also served as alderman on the London County Council. | Lady Broome, who was one of the early settlers m Canterbury. New Zealand, died yesterday at her residence m Eaton terrace, S.W., m her eigthiefch year. She was a woman of no small ability, and she wrote a considerable number of books, chiefly for children. She was better known as Lady Barker, under which name most of her books were published. The eldest daughter of the late Mr W. G. Stewart, Colonial Secretary of Jamaica, where she was born, she married m 1852 Captain (afterwards Colonel) G. B. Barker. R. A. He greatly distinguished him-6elf m the Crimea and the Mutiny, and wits created K.C.B. for services m the fieM. Sir George Barker died m 1860, and m. 1865 she married Mr Frederick Napier Brcome, of Canterbury. New Zealand. Her first book. 'Station Life m New Zeqland,' a.opeared m 1869. In 1874 a. little book of hers. ' First Principles of Cooking,' led to her appointment as Lndy Superintendent of the National Training School of , Cookery, South Kensington. Her hueband entered the Colonial Service m 1875, and she accompanied him successively to South Africa ' and the Mauritius. She published ' A Ye-nr'r» Housekeeping m South Africa' m 1877. Tn 1883. having been created K.C.M.G.. her husband was appointed Governor of Western Australia, and she described her life m that colony m a book entitled ' Letters to England.' Sir Frederick Brooire nfterwards became Governor of Trinidad. He! died m 1896. Lady Broome's ' Colonial Memories,' published some years a.go, gave many interesting sidelights on life on the Canterbury Plains m the early days.
Mr E. W. Shanahan (Auckland!, who prrived m London last Saturday by the Orient liner Osterley, expects to remain m these latitudes for two or three years. He hat> come to London with a view to taking a science course at the London University, and intends to •combine with that a etudv of general education work m England, Germany, and America.
Captain H. 0. Knox. A.S.C., h?s been polected to organise the Army Service Corps of New Zealand under ' the New Zealand Government.
Mrs Bert Royle i.s returning to her husbnnd m New Zealand. Phe leaves on the 30th inst. by the s.g. lonic. Miss Madeline Royle is remaining m London for some monthrs to fulfil engagements. Recent callers at the Hi^h Commissioner's Office :— R. C. Grisby^( Auckland ), Mrs Susie Payne, Mrs F. and Mi.«s M. Harper (Dunedin). Mrs and Miss Holdsworth /Wellington), Mt and Mrs Braithwaite (Wellington), Mr and Mrs Q. Beaumont (Auckland), Mr E. W. Shanahan (Auckland).