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Pars about Notabilities.

The Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria's famous collection of menu-cards now numbers '3,700 examples. It consists of cards used at Court banquets on festival occasions, and scarcely a Royal House in Europe is unrepresented.

"The Chancellor of the Exchequer is the most polite of Ministers," said a speaker at a meeting of the London Metropolitan Radical Federation. "1 have posted letters to Mr. Lloyd-George between breakfast and my dinner-time, and when I have got home to tea I have found the reply."

Miss Dorothy Drew, a granddaughter of Mr. W. E. Gladstone, was presented by her mother at the last Court at Buckingham Palace. Mrs. Drew, third daughter of the great statesman, was married in 1886 to the Rev. Harry Drew, now rector of Hawarden and canon of St. Asaph.

Miss Kate Gilmour, stewardess of the Sardinia, which was destroyed by fire a short time ago at Malta, is the only woman who has ever received a Lloyd's medal for life-saving at sea. Miss Gilmour refused positively to quit the ship until all the women and children had been taken off. By her coolness and courage many lives were saved that might otherwise have been lost.

Prince Henry of Prussia, brother of Emperor William, made a successful ascent in a military airship from Tegel a few days ago. The balloon was under command of Major Gross. The weather was very cold, and the prince was wrapped in heavy furs. The airship sped over Charlottenburg and along Unter den Linden and around the Old Palace, where Emperor William waved a greeting from a balcony.

Earl Carrington, says a writer in "Britannia," is an enthusiastic land reformer, and, perhaps alone among the peers, derives his income exclusively from agriculture. As a landlord, he has an enviable reputation for generous dealing, and is said to have changed only eighteen tenants on his 30,000 acres in forty years, apart, of course, from changes caused by death. The secret of his success as a landlord he has himself made public: "I let my tenants farm as they like, shoot what they like, pray where they like, and vote as they like."

The Grand Duke Dimitri Constantinoviteh, who, born forty-nine years ago, is the youngest son of the Grand Duke Constantino, brother of the Czar's grandfather, has formerly decided to enter a monastery and become a monk. He was at one time a great horse-lover, and as president of the managing Board of Imperial studs, he did much to encourage breeders to improve the national breed of Russian horses without foreign admixtures. The Grand Duchess Elizabeth, widow of the Grand Duke Sergius (assassinated in Moscow, 1903), sister of the Czarina, and the most beautiful woman in the Russian Imperial Family, now lives definitely in the religious home for women which she established near Moscow, and dresses like a nun.

The use of nicknames in the Stirling divorce case reminds us (says an English exchange) that many well-known people have had nicknames conferred upon them at one time or other. For instance, it is difficult to imagine that dignified individual the Key. Lord William Cecil, who objected recently to common policemen restraining the exuberant spirits of high-born youths at OxfoTd, being referred to as "Fish," or Lord Alington, His Majesty's host the other day at Crichel, being called "Trotters." Other nicknames are "Tatters," borne by the Duchess of Newcastle, and "Cuckoo," which serves for both Lady Shaftesbury and Lady Lucan; whilst Lord Heneage is "Smike," Lord Raglan "Chalks," Lord AVinchester "Tim," the Duke of Marlborough "Sonny," Lord Londonderry "C," and Lord Yarmouth "The Bloater."

In spite of "An Englishman's Home" being Major Guy dv Marier's first play to be produced in London, it is by no means his first effort in dramatic writings. All his life he has been devoted to the theatre, and those people who have seen him act declare he is as good, if not a better, actor than his talented brother, Mr. Gerald dv Maurier. At each place where Major dv Maurier has been stationed with his regiment, invariably the first entertainments to be got up were private theatricals, and these, with hardly an exception, were written by Major dv Maurier himself. In this waj' he has gained a good deal of that knowledge of dramatic effectiveness which makes "An Englishman's Home" such an interesting play apart from any moral it wishes to drive home to the hearts of patriotic Britons.

Sir George Darwin, X.C.8., the highly original son of a wonderful father, and the author of some new and important theories of sea-power, which have nothing to do with the navy, had at one time an idea of becoming a barrister, and was even called at Lincoln's Inn. But he very quickly returned to the service of his true mistress, Science. He has searched the heights above and the depths beneath, having written on astronomy and on the ripple-marks in the sand. The Royal Society and the Royal Astronomical Society have both delighted to do him honour. When a man can write charmingly and learnedly of minute earthquakes, the theory of the tides, and the part played in their history by the planets, he would appear to most people to have annexed a sufficient share of the kingdom of knowledge. But Sir George Darwin has also found time to write on the effect produced on the "tide in the affairs of man" by marriage to a first cousin. In 1005 the King conferred on him the K.C.B.

M. Paoli, who has, full of years and honours, retired from the protectorate of travelling Kings and Queens, has been so long engaged in this delicate business that his own features were familiar to every prominent working member of every anarchisJti-o **-«fci>rjaifcir tie woxld

over. It was with hkn all over the Continent, as it used to be with Chief In-, spector Melville; he had only to show himself, and secure the inviolability of his charges. This was, of course, not altogether due to the naturally suave fearlessness of the man as to the perfection to which he had brought the working of the invisible net which was always ready to close down upon a suspicious appearance or incident. As a rule, though, M. Paoli's journeys in charge, however responsible, were quite uneventful, while his wonderful tact and management made his escort, as King Alfonso has been known to remark, "the most tolerable" of any living policemen's.

Notwithstanding his success as a biggame hunter, President Roosevelt seems to have an indifferent opinion as to his powers as a shot. "I am not," he says,

"and never will be, more than an ordinary shot; yet I have killed every kind of game to be found on tbe plains, partly because I have hunted very peTseveringly, and partly because by practice I have learned to shoot about as well at a. wild animal as at a target."

The illness of Queen Maria Pia, the grandmother of King Manoel, is nothing more than what might be expected as a result of the terrible shocks which the Royal lady has suffered during the last few years. The assassination of her brother, King Humbert of Italy, came as a terrible blow, and hardly more than a year ago she had to face the murder of King Carlos and the Crown Prince, her son and grandson. On the fatal day, Queen Maria Pia was waiting in the Palace for their return, and her first intimation of the ghastly tragedy was when, by a strange oversight, the bul-let-riddled bodies of the King and Crown Prince were borne into her presence. The Queen herself has not been free from Anarchist attacks, chiefly on account of her passionate denunciation of their principles and methods. Not long after King Humbert's death they made an attempt to assassinate her at Aix-les-Biainsj, -when an Anarchist, armed with a knife, lurked in the pathway in which she was walking.

Captain Ruthven, the commander of the Orient liner Orontes, is a familiar figure in Sydney and Melbourne, and he ought to be, as he has passed through Sydney Heads 326 times, and has negotiated The Rip 318 times. During his life afloat he has travelled' over 2,305,000 nautical miles, and has never met with a serious mishap.

The Czar Ferdinand of Bulgaria is stated to be the best guarded among European Royalties. His bedroom is filled with all sorts of lethal weapons. Scattered on every piece of furniture there are pistols, revolvers, daggers, and even knuckle-dusters. A small repeating carbine, which is always loaded, must never be removed from a table beside the bed.

Ernst Haeckel, the venerable scientist, who was seventy-five on February 16, intends to resign at the close of the Winter session the professorship of zoology in the University of Jena, which he has held for forty-six years, and give all his time to his phylogenetic museum.

Lord Brooke, whose engagement to the daughter of Sir William and Lady Edon is announced, is heir to the Earldom of Warwick, and has not been his mother's son for nothing. Within his twenty-seven years he has seen service in South Africa, as A.D.C. to Lord Milner, acted as Reuters correspondent in the Russo-Japanese War, and, of course, written a book on his experiences. Cacoethes scribendi is the prevailing habit of a race which formerly did doughty deeds with battle-axe and sword. It may be pointed out that Lord Brooke and his father, the Earl of Warwick, are guilty of a curious reversal of titles. The Earl is also Earl Brooke, and as that is the older, it is the leading title upon the Roll. But "Warwick" is a greater name in English history, and one can forgive his preference in this respect.

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Pars about Notabilities., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 85, 10 April 1909

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Pars about Notabilities. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 85, 10 April 1909

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