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Pars about Notabilities., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 68, 20 March 1909
Pars about Notabilities.
■ i The recent appearance of a natural son of King Milan, George Cnristic, aged 20, in Buda Pesth, has given rise to much discussion. Christie is unfavourably situated as regards his material condition, and the friends of his father who formerly interested themselves in supporting his pretensions to the Servian throne and lent him actual assistance are almost all dead. As a means of livelihood, Christie accepted an engagement as a carbaret singer, and app«ared at the Buda Pesth Royal Orpfceum. Much interest was shown in the debut of a King's son. and the house was crowded. As all the world knows, Mr. George Bernard Shaw is a vegetarian, and to illustrate how completely he has placed himself above the material things of this world, an amusing little story has been told. At a certain Socialist conference the delegates assembled after lunch, and "G. 8.5." came in rubbing his hands, apparently on the best of term, with himstlf and the world in general. Glad to see him looking so pleased, someone asked him what he had had for dinner. "Ah!" replied Mr. Shaw, smiling genially; "a really good dinner. I've had seven bananas!" Miss Jessie Ackermann, the world's greatest woman-traveller, who left London last month for a prolonged stay in South Africa, has one of the most interesting globe-trotting records of any woman living. In the course of wanderings, which practically have covered the surface of the globe, for she has been six times round the world and penetrated into every quarter of it, she has travelled 331,000 miles, slept in 3,000 beds, and has stored up an amount of knowledge of people and things which is nearly unique. Miss Ackermann's last worldtour brought her to the Colonies, where she came to study the woman-question as affected by the suffrage, and her experiences throw much valuable light on "the exercise of the vote," In New Zealand she found the women of the upper classes for the most part absolutely indifferent, and only really enthusiastic feminine suffragists among the working classes. Another fruitful field of study in "feminism" Miss Ackermann found in Japan, where she was able to study the question of university education as it regards Japanese women at ■first hand. Not the least of her ex- j plorations. too, was that of the Island of Sakhalin, the Russian convict settlement in Japanese seas. Its population I is almost entirely recruited from the criminal classes, and out of the 23,000 convicts living there, 8,000 are mar- I derers. I Tn sending his son Theodore to a carpet factory, President Roosevelt has followed close in the footsteps of other occupants of the White House. Lincoln's son, Robert, was originally in the army, then, after a. course of law, he went in for politics. Now he is engaged in commercial concerns. Henry A. Garfield, a son of President Garfield, now president of the New England College, has also practised as a lawyer and a i soldier. Another of President Garfield's sons. .lamei? Rudolph Garfield, is a lawyer, who afterwards entered the civil service, and eventually became what he is to-day. Secretary of the Interior. President Harrison's son distinguished himself in the Cuban war, and has since gone in for law, while one of Grant's sons, aftet a time in the army, made a fortune in Alaska, and is now a rich man. Mr. Rockefeller has supplied an American reporter with the following facts:— Hio breakfast consists of cereals, poached eggs, coffee, and rolls or toast; mid-| day lunch: roast beef, potatoes, and milk; dinner: soup, beet" stew or rib roasts, potatoes, fruit, and milk. fie \ himself pronounces his name Rocky-fella; he is sixty-nine years old; he i-s oft. llin. tall; and he weighs l<s9lbs. He; does not use alcohol in any iorm; he smokes very little: he sleeps eight hours and a-hali a night. He spends hie day thus: 6 ajn., gets up; 6.30 to 7.30, on golf links; 7JO, breakfast; 8 to 8.30, works with secretary; 8.30 to 10, en route to Standard OU building; 10 ajn. to 1. at work at desk; 1 p.B_, lunch; 1.30 to 4, back to work at desk; 4 to 5.30 en route home; 6, dinner; 7 to 8.30, works and reads; 9.30, retires. The Earl of Stamford, who spent t year in New Zealand in 1887, including several months at the K-rwau, as the guest of Sir George Grey, gave some rernini* cenes of Sir George at the Imperial Colonial Club, London, the other evening. Those months at Kawau, spent in the beautiful surroundings and in constant intercourse with Sir George Grey, were amongst the happiest in hia. life, he said. "I had simply to listen to Sir George," said the Earl, "to those wonderful talka of his —prophetic, inspiring. They seemed to raise one above the present world altogether. Never during the whole of that period was there anything which descended from that high level. His conversation was always on the high plane, thrillingly interesting, a,j*rt showing a roost beautiful and kindly feeling for others, and a deep devotion to the calls of humanity. He was one of the gentlest of men." Speaking of Sir George Grey's courage, the Earl said that once in South Africa, when Grey was addressing a crowd of Boers, the muzzle of a large gun was slowly pushed through his legs from behind. The g-u a went off with a big report, but Grey merely looked round and smiled, as though amused that they should want to test his nerve, and then took no further notice of the matter. Again and again he was known to walk calmly out and meet a swarm of armed savages, remonstrate with them for their foolishness, and talk them over. The eldest son of the Crown Prince, ■ who -will some day be German Emperor, recently made his first public, though unrehearsed and unexpected, appearance in a military role quite in keeping with Hohenzollern traditions. As he is at present but thre and a-half years old, this probably constitutes a record, even in his family. It happened thus: Early one afternoon some of the pedestrians who were streaming along Cnter den Linden, casting the usual glance along the windows of the Crown Prince's Palace as they walked past it, noticed a little head pop up behind one of them. It was then seen that the little Prince was evidently climbing on to the window seat. He had some difficulty in swinging himself up. especially as he held a rargestiek in one hand. But he persevered, and at last stood upright on the seat. He now caught sight of the crowd which was rapidly assembling outside, and regarded it with benevolent curiosity. Presently he seemed to realise that he was of much more interest to the crowd than it was ti him. and, no doubt, with rthe kindly idea of giving it a better view. ; he grasped with his tiny hands tie
catch which held the window closed and tried to move it. This was, however, too much for his strength, and he was obliged to give it up. AH this while he had Deen casting intermittent glances at the gathering throng in the street below. Now, another idea occurred to him, and, shouldering his stick like a rifle, he strutted solemnly backwards and forwardacross the breadth of the window, every now and then stopping to present arms to tbe delighted spectators. This amusing little comedy had been going on for five or seven minutes, when suddenly a large hand was thrust out of the background, seized the little Prince, and ruthlessly and unceremoniously dragged him from the scene.
Pars about Notabilities., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 68, 20 March 1909
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