A Veteran Journalist.
HOW THE SUEZ CANAL SHARKS WEEK BOUGHT.
Mr Frederick Greanwood, tho well-known journalist, was recently entertained at dtautsr m London by a representative body of literary and other pvotewsional men, Mr John Morley, who presided, proposed the health of the guest, and naid, he had never beau surpassed by iiny journalist; m hie disinterestedness and stronuotu devotion to what he conceived to be great national objects. Luc for Mr Greenwood the Suez Canal shares held by this couutry would never have keen purchased. Mr Greenwood referred to his part m the purchase of the Suez Canal shares, tie said he heard on a Sunday evening tba f, the Khedive waa taking steps to sell bis shares m the Canal. He at once wrote a note to Lord Derby, who was then Foreign Minister, and told him he would call upon him at the Foreign Office trie next day. He wenb there, and Lord Derby m his presence sent the following telegram to Colonel Staunton, his representative ivfc Cairo: —"Go to Khedive immediately and asked him whether it is uuo that he is negotiating for the sale or'bis Suez Canal, shares Ye 3or No, and don't come away without an answer." The next morning ho (Mr Greenwood) called upon Lord Derby, who said the information was correct, and added characteristically " Master Staunton | shall hoar of this." (Laughter), The matter was then put before the Prime Mini mister, and very soon, added Mr Greenwood there came a certain Friday " when the air of England was full of hate thrown up m all directions/ Lord Derby had sent to him on the previous Thursday saying that I they intended to announce the purchase ot the shares next day, and that they thought he had the right to the first publication ot the news. " Now, that I think, was very handsome," remarked Mr Greenwod. " These are endearing traits m a Minister." He added that he did not avail himself or the opportunity offered to him. Afterwards Lord Derby said," Well, we have done the job, and I tnink ie will cio. Now, what can wa do for you?" "Again I say that was handsome," pursued Mr Greenwood, "i was youug at the time, and I said that I did not want anything but the satisfaction of having done something for the good ot the country." (applause).
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6591, 9 June 1905
A Veteran Journalist. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6591, 9 June 1905
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