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Sir Julius Yogel (writes the London correspondent of the " Melbourne Age") has taken up comfortable quarters m St. Margaret'a Mansions till the end of the year, and from the serene height of the sixth floor contemplates the world with considerable equanimity. Forbidden the thorny paths of polltioa, owing to the state of his health, Sir Julias Yogel is trying what only those who have never penetrated them are pleased to call the flowery glades of literature, and his soheme of the Paclfio book has proved at onoa too ambitious and too petty There would be too few pickings out of a small company euoh as he proposed to float, and on the other hand the projeot is too gigantic for a private publisher to undertake at bis own risk, without a much greater certainty of profit than the venture presents. I fancy therefore, that even Sir Jallaa'o financial genius will fail to get the company off, ' and the only ohanca he has of getting the book privately published la his giving a guarantee of a certain colonial olrouiatlon, sty 3000 copies at 10 guineas each. It remains to be sesn whether 8r J alias's faith m the literary enthusiasm of his fellow-colonists is sufficient to enable him to give the required assuranoas. In tbe meantime tho ex-Premior ia flying at higher game, and has gono m for original composition on his own account. The result is a novel, tho M.B of which is now being considered by Messrs Bentloy and Go., with a view, if they like it, to ita publication at an early date. The scene is placed m the year 2000 A.D., and principally consists of a fancy piotnre of the political and social changes which the author believes will h&v© been consummated by that date. Sir Julius Yogel is taking considerable Interest m tho Pacific cable scheme. He is strongly of opinion that there should bo .only one oompany having control of the Australasian telegraph service, and with this view l>e would pombine the opposed interests of the Eastern Extension and the inchoate Pacific Companies, buying out the purely Australasian cables and connection of thejformer, and amalgamating them with the Pacific scheme m a single strong company. Negotiations aro now going on on the subject with Sir John Ponder, but until moro progress has been made it is impossible to say with what chance of success.

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SIR JULIUS YOGEL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1989, 7 November 1888

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SIR JULIUS YOGEL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1989, 7 November 1888