What a delightful scandal in high life the following paragraph—quoted from one of the first of English “ society” journals —would furnish a text for, if the “true inwardness ” of the facts could bo made public. The journal in question is reviewing the latest edition of the “ Snobs’ Bible,” Burke’s Peerage, and complains that “ no mention is made of the divorce of Colonel Charles Norton, the heir-pre-sumptive to the peerage of Grantley, from his wife ; of that lady’s subsequent marriage to Lord Grantley, the present holder of that peerage ; or of the birth of a daughter to his Lordship within a day or two after his wedding. Yet these events took place early last November, and the preface to this Peerage is dated Bfch December, 1879. Great guns ! What a bonanza certain of our dailies would have found in this if Nob Hill, instead of the British Peerage, had possessed such an awkward family “situation.” Talking of “ Peerages,” howeverj it seems that a new compiler of that sort of literature, one Forster, has arisen, who is likely to cause a sensation, from the fact that he —according to another “society ” journal—“ discards the polite fictions current in genealogy, and seems to take a positive delight in dragging the skeleton out of the cupboard. A baronet who married on the sch June, 1872, has the following comment attached to the birth of his son and heir :— ‘ Registered 9tli September, 1872, as having been born on the preceding sth June:’ whilst the daughter of an eminent judge, who married a ? relation of the Duke of Devonshire, has the word daughter in inverted commas, to call attention to the fact that her father is described on another page as unmarried.” —American Paper.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 92, 27 April 1880
ARISTOCRATIC SCANDALS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 92, 27 April 1880
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