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PERSONAL NOTES FROM LONDON.

(Prom Onr Special Correspondent.)

LONDON, February 26.

Two New Zealanders had the honour of captaining the two rival Rugby teams of Guy's Hospital and London Hospital at Richmond on Wednesday, and both were presented to the Prince of Wales, who was an interested spectator of the match between the two hospitals. L. B. Stringer, of Christchurch, led the Guy's team, and London were captained by J. M. Mehaffey, late of Otago University. They were presented to the Prince before the start, of the match, and the two teams lined.up in front of the royal box t°. welcome the distinguished occupants with a hearty cheer. The match, whichwas one of the semiifinal ties for the Hospital Cup, was notable more for the liveliness of the 3000 students in the crowd than for the excellence of the football. 'Both teams were too excited to play well, though Guy's kept their heads better than the (London team, and showed "better foriru After a rousiiig game Guy's won by 8 "points (one goal, one try) to nil, London being fairly and squarely beaten.

London had no fewer than ten New ZealandeTs in their fifteen, and they started favourites. The men from the Dominion comprised A. C: Palmer, A. A. Adams, and D. G. Macpherson (threequarters), A. S. Heale and A. B. Lindsay (halves), J. M. Mehaffey, E. McEwan, S. R. Harrison, P. Foote, and G. M. Chapman (forwards). In the Guy's team there were two New Zealanders—L. B. Stringer (threequarter) and H. Hoby (forward). London never settled down to a steady game. Their forwards were ragged and unable to obtain the ball, and Guy's, by reason of their more systematic methods, always looked like winning, and deserved their success. Early in the game Stringer, following up his own kick, gained a try, and in the second half Stokes also scored after a rapid run and placed a goal. The result practically settles the competition, as neither St. Thomas' nor Middlesex, whe, have already played a drawn game in the other semi-final, can hope to defeat Guy's.

L. B. Stringer, thfe Guy's captain, played finely all through the game. A. C. Palmer, the most dangerous try-get-ting man on the field, was starved by his halves and centres. He made excellent use of his one and only real opportunity, but was forced into touch just when he looked likely to score. Lindsay at half ,back gave himself too much to do, and did not trust his back division enough. Adams played a sound game, but Macpherson could rarely get going, and Heale was not at his best. Mehaffey, Harrison, and McEwan were conspicuous in the loose, as also was Hoby on the Guy's side.

The Hon. W. Pember Reeves, late High Commissioner for New Zealand, and now [Director of the London School of Economics, presided at the annual dinner of the School last Saturday evening. The toast of the School was proposed by Mr. Herbert Samuel, M.P.; and Mr. Reeves, in replying, said that Mr. Samuel had the good fortune to be a governorof the School. Had he been a student instead, there was no knowing to what height he would not have soared; he might even have been In the shadow of a Premiership. (Laughter.)

Mr. Samuel, in the course of his speech, said that not only did the School do great work in an economic sense, but it helped them a great deal with, its intellectual climate in which they were trained. Times were changing; we were living in the days of - four-inch Blue Books—-(laughter)—and year by year our social system became more and mora complex. Society had reached a condition when it could not be managed ■by mere amateurs, and men were required who had received a thorough training and a liberal -education in social subjects. That education the School gave its students.

New Zealand papers are asked to record the death of Dr. Thomas Radford King, F.R.C.S., which occurred on February 17 at 17 Gloucester-walk, Campden Hill, London. Dr. King died of heart failure, after three days' illness.

Mrs. Sidney Plummer, of Auckland, arrived by the Arawa from New Zealand last Friday, after a fast passage of only five weeks and two days. Mrs. Plummer intends to take up residence in this country, probably in London. Her husband is second officer on the Blmutaka, which ia due from New Zealand tomorrow.

The New Zealand Association is holding a reception in honour of the new High Commissioner for the Dominion, *he Hon. W. Hall-Jones, this evening, at •the Westminster Palice Hotel. The gathering will be well supported by members of the New Zealand colony in London and their friends.

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PERSONAL NOTES FROM LONDON. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 81, 5 April 1909

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