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GOSSIP AND NOTES.

The Times spent £50 a day in having the Federal Convention proceedings cabled to London. No other English paper went to the expense of cables.

His education "has in many respects been neglected, but his admirable judgment in all matters connected with a horse has brought .him niore shekels than even Professor Tucker's extensive knowledge can command. Long praotice has enabled him to paint his initials on a cheque with some difficulty, but forgery is a crime of which he will never be acoused, for all other details of the cheque have to be filled in for him. Lately (says the AustraUttian) he was observed waiting outside the Bank buildings early in the morning, and as soon as the doors were opened he rushed in and pounced upon a friendly clerk. " Look 'ud that cheque," ho said excitedly, "is ud for £100 be £1000?" "It's for £1000," said the clerk. " What's the matter with it f "Well," said the client, with a long sigh of relief, " Divil a wink hoy I hod o' sleep the whole night through the fear that they was not enough o' thim little round divils iv ud."

Btfatt methods of divorce are simple as compared with the irritating formulas of the law courts; on the other hand, the climax ia often less satisfactory. Thus (says the same paper), when a Queenslander walked into a bush shanty not long ago, and announced that he wished to dispose of his wife and buy a cattle dog with the proceeds, the company, composed mainly of shearers, shepherds and drovers, entered heartily upon the project. A raffle and Yankee grab wero the means suggested, and ten ■ members were quickly obtained, at the moderate'fee of a shilling each. The money had been paid over, and the raffle was in progress, when the wife, who heard of the transaction, walked into the bar. She was a stalwart Amazon, with portentous aspect, and her first step was to seize her lord and maeter by the collar, then to dexterously reverse him, and shake the ten shillings, put of his pocket. This she calmly collected 1 off the floor, and having hurled the raffler a erumoled mass into the corner of .the , bar, walked out again. The raffle was nob continued, simply because no one wanted the prize, but there Was a general feeling that ha<i the wife wished to raffle the hueband the transaction-would have been carried through withoot a hitob. The edhi* pany advised the husband afterwards that hiS;best£Ourse-was to convey her to one by deed of gift, or present her to an-; enemy for pure love and affection.

The Qoldtn Penny tells an amusing story about the " county crop" of Mr Justioe Hawkins. This Judge, who wears his hair very short, like many of his proteges in convict prisons, went, while on circuit in the South of England, for a country walk with a brother Judge. Being athirst the two Judges entered awayside inn, in the rear of which were ) two labourers playing skittlesY They decided to join in the game, and each one taking,orie-of the players as a partner entered iqto the game with spirit. Getting hot Mr Justice tSawkins took off his coat. Getting hotter he removed his hat. Sis Lordship's partner at once stopped playing. "Gα on, my friend," said the learned Judge; " why do you stop f "I don't mind being neighbourly, replied the man, looking at the Judge's closely-cropped head, "but I m dariged if I be agoin* to play skittles with a ticket-of-Uave mm."

It may be doubted whether the European artificer of to-day is as contented to follow in the footsteps of hie ancestors as one Sir Monnt Stuart;- Grant Duff spoke to at Salviati's glase manufactory at Marano, in j Spain, when he was on a visit to the place with Mr Layard, the British Minister at the oourfc of Madrid. He refers to the matter in his " Notes from a Diary, 18S1« ! 1872." A man was at work whose ancestors had been blowing glass for 500' years. But this case did not come up to that of the punkah-puller in India, who said to an English lady who encouraged him to improve his position, " Mem sahib, my fatherpulled a punkah, my grandfather pulled a punkah, all my ancestors for four million ages pulled punkahs, and before that the god who founded our caste pulled a punkah over Vishnu I"

... Prince Konsbantinoe, Duke of Sparta, Crown Prince of Greece, who has taken such a prominent part in the Greek war, la well known in London, and is a smart) looking young officer. Ho was Btaying some months ago at Maryborough House ? with his uncle, the Prince of Wales, and was present at a -well-attended meeting at St. James's Palace, where, at the invitation of the Prince, he made a short ejfeech on the subject of the connection of Greece with educational natters. He spoke in good English, and with a confident, engaging manner. The Duke is twenty-nine years old, and is married to Princess Sophie of Prussia, sister of the Emperor William.

Nothikq illnatratee the national temper or humonr more distinctly than the kind of colours fashionable at any time. The epoch , of agricultural depression, b*d Uade, and Home Rule, from 1880 to 1894, was marked by subdued, sober, neutral tints for women's wear. Thie season (says a London correspondent) the nation's high spirits are,, rightly or wrongly, repreaented by .the colour scheme of the Brazilian parrot. Such a quiet combination as a Bca'rlet hat,' a bright blue jacket, orange skirt, and violet parasol would paw as a mourning coatume thie season. i

Sm Alfrkd Milwbe's appointment to succeed Lord Rosmead at the Cans is the most daring experiment with a Bauiol man yet made. Formerly (K*ys the London correspondent of the Argue) the official option was that Jowett'e yonng men. were too fond of admiring themselves and each other, and too insufferable altogether to be safely entrusted with serious diplomatic or administrative work abroad. RenneU Bodd in East Africa was the first Balliol man to prove that the type was misunderstood, and others since have done equally welL It is rather terrible to think that Milner was Stead's assistant editor a&d abettor at the PaU Mail in all that awful gosh about the Empire in 1885-7, when Stead used to ansooufle that "we must federate -or Mflaer, however, showed m Egypt tba&,bQh&d more, io Jbim tpad wind; and oo doabVhe is the best raaa fat South Africa u&dertbe &ew circumstances. ' , - \,

I* was at Both, I believe (save Major Griffith* in hie volume, "The Real Weiliagtoa"), in » pnblic ballroom, that the Doke eatne across an old soldier friend long lost sight of. Ho the kradljr Cattery whether he, the DoJce of Wellington could be of any service to this friend, who was on half-pay, aad unprovided wi(b the money ao neom-

sary in those days of peace to purchase advancement, "Yes, your Orace, you can do mc a very great service," was the prompt reply. "If you will give mc yanr arm across the room and appear to take some interest in mc, you will make my fortune." The service was forthwith rendered, and explanation sought. The fact was that the officer in question was paying his addresses to a rich widow of the place, who still hesitated to accept him. But she was at the ball, and she saw with her" own eyes how greatly her pretendant was appreciated. This settled the question ; the officer was accepted, married, bought his way back to full pay, rose steadily, till he reached the highest honours ot his profession.

,v Ak endorsement on the license" is one supplementary penalty imposed by law upon publicans. But endorsement- is not prescribed for other classes of sinners. Yet Mr Panton, the Melbourne magistrate, the other day proceeded with much sang f raid to endorse a testimonial belonging to a young man whom he sentenced to imprisonment , for fobbing his employers. The Court of Venice (remarks a writer in the Argus) was queerly constituted and conducted, yet when Shylock demanded, "Iβ that the law ? " Portia promptly replied— * " Thyself, shall see the act." The worthy P.M. when remonstrated with by prisoner's counsel retorted iv effect, " Well, I've done it, anyhow," which is not quite so conclusive, from a legal point of view. The peculiarity of the • pOftition. Ie that if the Mutual Store (the ■employers in question) had desired to regain possession of or cancel thia testimonial given to an employee who afterwards proved unfaithful, they would have jfailed, ' Had they brought en action before Mr Panton, that getttWpan would have found himself compelled to 1 decide against them, having no power to deprive the offender hi, a document indubitably hie private property. One shudders to think what misfht now happen to the Court were it proceeded against for wilfully damaging property, illegally converting a testimonial-into an indictment, defacing an inscription, or come such formidable charge. Mi" Panton, of course, meant to convey a moral —"Don't produce certificates of character in Court;. they may be received in precisely the spirit in which they are offered;" '. '

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GOSSIP AND NOTES., Press, Volume LIV, Issue 9733, 22 May 1897

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