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NOTES FROM A CORRESPONDENT. When the mail left England (22nd September), Lord Ranfurly was confined to his bed at the Royal Crescent Hotel, Filey, Yorkshire, with a severe attack of rheumatism in the knee joints. His Lordship has been in very poor health during the greater 'part of the last year, and after being attended by the best doctors was ordered to take the waters at Royat, bi tha South of France. • He went in August for the month's "cure," religioufly observing the somewhat strict course prescribed, and returned to England on the Ist of September to join Lady Ranfurly and Lady 7<]ileen Knox at Filey, where they were holiday-making, but had to take to his bed on the following day, and has since been confined there, suffering great pain. It is held that this latest attack is the final effort of tho uric acid to get out of his body consequent upon the Royat waters, and that when it is over he will be better than he has been for a long time past. He was hoping to be able to travel to his seat at Dungannon, Ireland, in about a week after the mail left, but it would still take a month or so after before he would be able to walk. In consequence of thu illness, Lord Ranfurly has' been unable to keep a number of public engagements in Ireland, and has been -much disappointed in being unable to entertain as he would have, liked several New Zealandors at Dungannon. Lady Ranfurly has had to do the double honours there, being assisted by her married daughter, Lady Constance Milnes Gaskell, who, by the way, is now the happy mother of a little daughter two months old. So far they have made no plans for the winter, but it 16 improbable that the family will remain in the British Isles, as his Lordship has been ordered to avoid the damp. Lord Northland is at present in South Africa. The last news of him was that he was at Livingstone, beyond tho Victoria Falls, big game shooting, but he may go on to Central East Africa. In conversation with a special correspondent, Lord Ranfurly said thafc the chief regret ho felt at his illness lay in his consequent inability to do as much as he should have liked in England for the Veterans' Home. It, however, engages much of his time in correspondence. His interest in the colony is more than that of theC mere exGovernor. He is quite enamoured of the country, and is never tired of singing its praises. He told tho writer that the time he spent there was without doubt the happiest period of his life. He has a large room at Dungr.nnon entirely filled with New Zealand curios and objects of interest. His views aro fully shared by Lady Ranfurly, nor does the appreciation of New Zealand cease with the ex-Governor's family. A little while ago I hoard Major Alexander (who was his Lordship's chief privnto secretary during his term) describing tho colony to a knot of his brother officers in West Yorkshire Regiment as "the best place he had ever been to."

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OUR LATE GOVERNOR., Evening Post, Volume LXXII, Issue 106, 1 November 1906

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OUR LATE GOVERNOR. Evening Post, Volume LXXII, Issue 106, 1 November 1906