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Pars about Notabilities.

Professor Goldwin Smith, now in his 86th -year, is still a frequent contributor to - the i newspapers and magazines. He was eminent as a scholar and a' writer when he first went to Canada,' 40 years ago. ■ At the age of 34 he-was reghis professor of modern history at Oxford University; '.•■ ■ :"':.. •■"/. • ,j' ,It .is perhaps not generally , known, says a writer ih"T.P.'s:. Weekly," that the.late Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort took an; extremely keen interest iiC.phrenology, even, to the extent, of having the heads of the royal children examined. As! Prince of Wales, King Edward was subjected to a,most .thorough investigation at the hands ol Mr George Cembe. ' Like most men of genius , , Maxim Gorky is very irritable, and although he is fond of being famous, he hates publicity of any kind.' On one occasion, at Moscow, he went to ' the theatre, and directly he entered he was recognised by the audience, who'rose en masse and cheered him. This made the author very.: wild, and' he rose up and addressed his admirers as follows: "What on earth? are you staring at mc tor? 1 am not a dancing girl, or the Venue ef Milo, or a drunkard just pulled out of the river. .1 ■««<» stories. They have the luck to please you, : and 'X am glad of it. But that is no reason why youishould'keep on staring. We have come here to see' a/, charming play. Be gebd enough to attend to that and leave ii mc alone/ ■ Naturally, the ■"■ audience I cheered; more loudly than ever at this,' j whereupon' the author; hurried from his ! seat and-left the theatre in; ■ disgust.— j;"M.AJ.» ;; ••■ ■ -'■ -, ' :■■ v ; ..-;

Emmanuel Poire is dead, at 50 years of age, and the world of fun is the loser, for it knew him well .as Caran d'Aehe. He in-; vented a new sort of caricature in outline, in which every, face and form were; reduced to.their simplest expression,;. but •remained "absurdly {expressive. iThe .more elementary Caran d'Ache's drawings were the more meaning there was in them. If was he who invented the picture of President: Carnot- as-. ?a doll, ; with three, joints, which amused his victim as much as anybody else. After that Caran d'Aehe's jweekly. , pages of grotesques in rudimentary outline, but an outline that, was wonderfully'true, in the Figaro, becama famous. His animals were a" delight, and no one has ever caricatured a poodle or a turnspit as he could: : bf years he had carved weoden dogs ; and sold them»as toys. ' ■. :• ■' ;. '.v,

An old soldier: himself, he was a delicious military, caricaturist and his "Epic Poem" in magic-lantern slides, which pic-, jfcured.'the :Mstory; of Napolepn, and, v the great army at the old Chat Noir, was one of ;his Ibest hits.-'-' He was oorn in.Moscow of Erench parents, '■ but arrived ■ in Paris at 20 to serve in the French army. When-he began drawing he took the ingenious pen name of "Garahdash, , 'which is Russian for "pencil." / s .■>-■( > ;

.Tie,"oldest young-man? , .in the House of V; Commons ;■' isLthe].; Hon. Walter Rothschild, who recently: :-elebrated his I fortyifiret birthday; "was : dubbed -when he made his first appearance at Westminister. _ He was only about thirty at: ithe time,, but his ideas of'dress were; ; such that he; eontriyed;vfco*make himself look like sixty. He' created -quite c; sensation when "he 'appeared one day wearing a•;white ! straw "tbpp'er."." - ; ; Lbrdy Howard, de.Walden, one of our wealthiest- Peers, ■ who'has taken great interest in literature, and won distinction, as a" play writer, hasi now turned! his attention to opera. Lait monthhe started on a trip. to' Buenos Ayires, "and jin -lie 1 trunk: was the libretto of a, iiew opera "written, by him,"and set to music ,by CMr.- Joseph, Hoibfookej who is accompanying him. on bis travels. It Jvras. in May of last year ; : thit' Lp'rd. Hovifard's drama,. "Lanyal," ; was produced successfully at the Aldwych London.' ■"■■.■ .■' ■■: •■ '.v .*■■■■■ ■■■•:■■' . ■ ■■■■•..■. liady Trowbridge is one of the' titled authors of England whose novels have: attained greatpopularity. Another society ■woman -who' lias written, novels, of- note: is Lady Hfelen Forbes, a sister of the Duchess of Sutherland, who has also produced some very creditable volumes.' -The' Duchess of leede, Lady Henry Somerset, Lady Gromartie and Xady! Napier, of Magdala have all helped to swell'?he"total, number o.f ' titled lady novelists. The most successful, of however, two titled are English—-the Baroness Orciy and the Baroness.' yon Hutten.'' ''; : - ',''■ ■ '_Lord Croiner, who received, congratulations on entering his 69th year ,last month, is a man concerning whom very • few anecdotes in lighter veinare to' be told. This fact in its'eK is a key to hie character. Always 'a/ gigantic worker, he has thrbughbut his'public life concentrated his energies upon even the smallest details of the huge schemes he has perfected, and has had Very little time-to spare for less serious matters.- .He found Egypt bankrupt, its peasants wretched, and its-government chaos; he left behind him solvency, a decent degree"of prosperity,- and /an orderly administratioh. One may add- to;this record the fact that. he has'- sometimes - been "a little intolerant of independence! in men serving under him. r j. '-■*• The Earl of Buchan, wio kept his 59th birthday-the other day; is a wellknown figure in society, both id London and on the Continent, t: lake the Ihike of Portland and Lord Howard de Walden, he has been worried from time to time by daimantsHo his.title. He is a good all-round sportsman, ■ fehes and shoots,: is' fond of horses, and' at home on a yachtV Lord Bucnan wbiild "have been also Earl! of Mar had that earldom r#t descended in tfee female "line;' :.'Mar"-.» the Scottish province "in "which Buchan is _a district. Lord Buchan's Cambridgeshire seat possesses the most curious address of "Gogmagog Hills, Cambridge." ■One-of the most interesting and picturesque wifciessee -who appeared %&• fore the Special Court appointed to try Dinizulu is the old chief Mankulumana, who for many years was one '"of' : 'Cet»> •cayo's chief advisers.-" Some six feet in- height,' and sixty .years of age, the chief is a splendid specimen of the Zulu race. He has--been on intimate tenne with Dinizulu - since the clatter's" return from <«ssle t a& StJ-Helenaf aid Wis reported that on entering the Court, with; that deep-rooted loyalty to the King's son; implanted in his , breast,- he saluted; ■Dinizulu first and the Bench afterwards.Mankulumana is already under arrest on a charge 'of high treason, and-his ease was to be decided after-the conclusion of the Dinizulu triaL ' ' '" ■ .' A famous Scotland Yard detective, Chief-Inspector Scott,, has retired. This name was long' a terror to every class of; lawbreaker. He .is'an example of the man who shifts at ■ the bottom rung of the ladder and works his way right up to the top,, for a chief-detective is among the first six at Scotland Yard! Hβ joined the B Dhrieibn in 1878, and the first important case he was engaged in— quite the dynamite outrages in London. Victoria.Sta : tion and Scotland Yard had both' been damaged by dynamite," and London was stricken with , -terror. ■-'■ -He was instrumental 'in bringing: to' book a notorious gang of; house-breakers, who were victimising the residents of Brixton, -and immediately following this he succeeded in tracking a celebrated gang of forgers, known as "Phil Last's "Gang." ' ' >■ Hiss Bethel. Roosevelt ■'(daughter of. ex-President, Roosevelt) and- Third Aslistant Secretary of State, William Phillips,, of 'Boston, are said to' be engaged to be married, though the statement has been contradicted , . When Miss Ethel entered the White House'ehe.wae only a. child in short dresses) and -pigtails. Two- years ago the marriage of her elder half-sister, .Mrs. ;Longwortn, took place, and:" Miss Roosevelt is 'now a demure/ self-possessedrybung lady, who knows right well her place and how to-take it. Miss Roosevelt will "be twenty, in. .lidy. : ; Her last social season at 'the 'White House has ended, and it has been one ;*bf wntinued social triumph, ; for she is' fully as popular as her sister;: Miss Ethel ia known; asvthe most: beautiful: of the Roosevelt girls. Straight as'any arrow, she carries, her. \ head;high. >Her face ,is full, of animation j her ■ hair ■ is : light, and eyes blue.. She. is; athletic, and a great chum of her father, whom slie delights by; her daring -and. : accomplishments. ■ - ■■■ ■ the/co-respondent in the Stirling divorce case, is,''as everyone knows, the eldest son of the Earl of Raixfurly, who is the head of the Knox family, and is sprung from a common ancestor with John Knox. The ancestbr of Lord Ranfurly, one Thbmas ;Knoxj went to Ireland from Scotland early in the 18th century, and-acquired considerable estates in' Tyrone. The dates:'of the two ; first ; Enox Irish; peerages, 178 i and 1791, sufficiently ; proclaim their origin. The first was' given for opposition to; Grat--tan's policy for 'the establishment' of. an independent; Irish Parliament, the second for opposition to Grattan's policy of par- ' liamentary reform -and" extension, bf , the francWse to Catholics." The earHom ia a .post-union creation/as is; also flic United.' Kingdom peerage, which was created in 182 f t; the of Ranfurly, in the Cbuntr of Kenfrew in'; Scotland. 'It lends an additional piquancy to the {rial that the' presiding Judge, Lord Guthrie, is the author of a biography Of John. Knox the Reformer, and the editor ofKnox's own ! Tiistory. of the Scbtiarid:■The Rnnfurly family, \yhen they.went to ! Ireland tvere not : averse to .'Episcopacy, on ; which John Kn° x poured the vials'.of 4 his■■ j wrath. They\ vjere, of course, uplibldcvS; !of law and order'and mllars of the iEstab- ; lislied Church,' in ".vhicli "they shared the eiionnouely endowed Bishoprics witH two other Irish noble families, the Beresfords Mid tbe Trenchee.;. A Knox -was .Bishop of Derry, janother 'Archdeacoh of Armagh. flEotlier Knox;Bishop of Limer-' icfc, still" another Knox Bishop "of "Down •nd af terwKde ArchbUhop of Armagh, ,

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Pars about Notabilities. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 0, 17 April 1909

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