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OUR LONDON LETTER., Issue 7919, 29 May 1889
OUR LONDON LETTER.
London, April 20. During the past week Mr Douglas M'Lean, Mr M'Hardy (of Napier), Captain Birch (of Hawke's Bay), Mr Henry Russell, and many others interested in the frozen meat trade have visited the offices of the New Food Preservative Company, inspected the various viotuals which have been fumigated, and, like myself, come away believing, yet perplexed. Most of them have since had a joiat treated and Bent home, and are now testing the efficacy of the preservative bj hanging the meat in their own larders'. I did not, I must say, find the secretary altogether jump at my proposal when I notified him I really meant to carry out this experiment. "I thought," he said, reproach-* fully, "we had convinced you." A doctor to whom I mentioned the preservative scouted the possibility of such a process, " You are the victims of a Yankee hocus pocus," he said i " the appearance of freshness is preserved, but not the reality.' Make a meal off this mummified meat, and then send for me. I shall be badly wanted." On the other hand, Mr Henry Russell is so thoroughly convinced of the extraordinary nature and importance of the discovery that he is urging on the Imperial and Colonial Trading directors the imperative necessity of securing the patent for New Zealand. Should the preservative, on being tested, break down, there can be no doubt whatever there is a great future before the Arktos refrigerator, which I mentioned in my last. This, it seems, is incomparably the cheapest refrigerating process known as yet. For. from 8d to Is a day a chamber oapable of holding several thousand carcasses' can be kept at the requisite degree of frost It is so simple a ohild can work it, and there is no machinery to get out of order. Major Deane is interesting himself to secure the New Zealand patent* for which the inventor asks L 25.000. DEATH OF M& COtJTTS-CRAWFOBD. Mr Coutta-Crawford died at 2 a.m. oa Monday week, after three weeks' severeillness. He had been ailing ever since hecame home, but had rather unproved, botiv in health and spirits, when he caught colli one bitter day in March., A sharp attack of bronchitis was followed by diarrhcaa,:
which became so alarming that Sir. Henry Thompson insisted on his patient a removal from Duko street to his private hospital in Wigmoro street. There Mr Crawford seemed to be get ting better, when an old trouble, in the shape of inflammation of the bladder, supervened, and a weakened constitution being unable to resist the complication of ailments, he gradually sank and died. _Mr Crawford bore his illness with characteristic pluck, and was conscious up to the last, never abandoning hope, or failing to try and cheer his family. He was buried at Bromptin Cemetery on Friday, a number of friends (English and colonial) showing their recard for him by attending. Mr Crawford executed a will when he was in England eight years ago, but it cannot be proved at present, as the executors (Mr Pierce and Mr Levien, of Wellington) are in New Zealand.
SIR GEORGE GREY'S VISIT HOME. The authoritative announcement of the • Daily News' some little time back, to the effect that Sir George Grey was on his way Home and meant to stand forthwith for the Imperial Parliament in the Home Rule interest, rather took my breath away. The colonial papersappearedsingularlyreticenton tie subject; indeed I could find no reference to the circumstance, and on inquiry at the Agent-General's I discovered they knew nothing either, and were as puzzled as myself. At the Colonial Office, whither I next wonded my steps, I found I was positively expected to supply information about Sir George Grey. Lord Knutsford, it seems, had seen the article in the ' Daily News,' and wondered whether there could b3 any truth in it. He was (a private sacretary told me) a good deal amused at the idea of the vigorous old gentleman coming Home to " strike a blow for Ireland" at his age, but scarcely seemed to consider the possibility seriously. Subsequently, Sir Walter Buller told me that Sir George Grey has been talking oft and on for years of coming Home, He produced a letter dated 1873, in which Sir George said : "I shall be in England almost as soon as yourself"; and another, written when Sir Walter was again leaving for the Old Country ten years later, in which he expresses similar hopes, and talks confidently of their meeting in London a few months hence. In the epistle, however, which Sir Walter received from Sir George Grey by last mail there was no mention of any immediate visit. Should Sir George really be coming, I sincerely hope (for his own Bake) that he will not go into Parliament. At the best oi times Parliamentary work in England (if conscientiously carried out) is terribly wearing. Besides, if Sir George wishes really to help Ireland and the cause of Home Rule.hecandosofarmorceffectivelybypleadiag her cause in New Zealand, and urging the colonists, who love and respect him, to put their|hands in their pockets,|than he could by mere talking in the House of Commons. Tne Home Rulers do not lack orators. Let Sir George come Homo to be feted and made much of by all means, if he likeß that kind of thing ; but I should not have expected him to. Even it might prove disappointing. Colonial Premiere and exPremiere are always numerous in London, and " society " does not discriminate much between one and another. It would be galling even to a simple, kindly gentleman like Sir George to be confused with some of the elderly gadabout K.C.M.G.s I could mention. SIR JULIUS VOCiEL. Sir Julius has at last sent out the resignation of his seat in your Parliament. He was finally influenced to this decision as much by the cold water which his friends and late colleagues poured on bis returning as by his proßpscts here. Even an old Parliamentary associate like Sir Robert Stout could only write: " I think if Vogel had stayed in the colony ho might perhaps have lived down his unpopularity." Others spoke out even more candidly, telling him that there was no earthly use in his coming biok in the hope of again obtaining office. Sir Julius's numerous schemes are no nearer accomplishment now than they were six months ago. 'A. D. 2000' is a failure here, and the LSO down Hutchinson gave Sir Julius is all the money he is likely to get out of the book—unless, indeed, the colonial edition sells well. THE NEW ZEALAND MIDLAND BAN.WAY. The complaisant attitude of the 'Financial News' towards the New Zealand Midland Railway Company is significantly explained by the fact that the secretary thought it necessary to secure the entire back of that journal for the purpose of advertising their issue of debentures. This cost a large Bum of money. Moreover Sir Charles Clifford told a friend of his that a substantial cheque had also to be paid for the leading article, and numerous copies of the issue containing it ordered. There was nothing at all unusual in is, indeed, the ordinary course of business nowadays. If a company fails to give any one of the financial papers an advertisement, or omits to order 500 or so of the issue containing the account of a general meeting, the chairman soon hears something to his disadvantage. Tho smaller papers are the worst; the extent to which they blackmail bogus companies, and companies genuine .enough, but in difficulties, would scarcely be credited. The * Financial News,' needless to say, does not condescend to such tactics. With them it is simply understooJ that if you want your company criticised or your meeting reported, you must pay for the privilege in some way. They don't promise to give a favorable notice, but merely to look into the affair and say what they think ,of it. Big advertisements in his own columns have never prevented Mr Marks " slating " obviously " bubble " companies. THE BLUE SPUR COMPANY. The strong steps taken by tho directorate here of the Blue Spur Company have resulted (as was surmised would be the case) in rousing Sir Robert Stout to the exigencies of the situation. He seems to have bestirred himself to some pnrpose, for in the course of a few days he cabled that the Colonial Bank would take over the Blue Spur mortgages on certain reasonable terms I need not particularise. The directors agreed to the proposal providing the bank would aB well temporarily find LSOO for the purpose of paying salaries, etc. This was imperative, as the chairman, who has been pwine all current expenses since last November out of his own pocketß, battoned them up at the commencement of the present month. The next step will, I imagine, be the dissolution of the New Zealand Board, and the removal of Mr J. C Brown, whom the London directors cannot, unfortunately, agree with Sir Robert Stout in considering " straight as a die." What the shareholders will say at the fast approaching general meeting, when the chairman explains that no accounts whatever are forthcoming, remains to be seen. Sir R. Stout has vouched so constantly and emphatically for the integrity and business: aptitude of "little Brown " that he will, I fear, find it difficult to disassociate himsejf from that gentleman's mistakes, to put it mildly. From the first Sir Robert's conclusive answer to Sir W. Buller's lengthy epißtles, full of qualms and queries, was ." Don't fash yerseP ; the mine's all right. JLittle Brown is as straight as a die." NEW ZEALAND AT PARIS EXHIBITION. Sir Francis Dillon Bell if in Paris busy arranging the exhibits for the New Zealand court. These, he complains, are of a most disappointing nature, owing to Mr Twopeny having been beforehand with him at Melbourne and secured all the best things worth having for Dunedin. However, Sir Francis Is getting some groups of Maoris modelled, and with the aid of Sir W. Buller, who goes over for a few days presently to help him to put the finishing touches, hopes to make up • moderately interesting court. The prices •t Paris have already been trebled everywhere. For the small room at the Hotel Continental he a few months back paid 25fr • day Sir F. D. Bell is now asked 70fr; and meals, etc., have "riz" proportionately. To dine at Bignon's or the Maison Doree (let alone the Cafe Anglais) was always a costly experience, but during the next four months only millionaires and travelling Americans will dare to look into these and other smart restaurants. CAPTAIN ASHBY's TOUR. Captain Ashby has returned from his visit to New Zealand, and is once more to be found at 20 Leadenhall street. He advertises that he is willing to supply intending «Btigrantß with the latest and most reliable
information anent the state of affairs in both islands, and talks very hopefully about the future. Already (so he thinks) things are picking up wonderfully in the colony, and with the opening of a new era in the modes of conducting business there seems every reason for anticipating a return of prosperity. MR W. L. REES's CONCERNS. Mr W. L. Rees has returned from Scotland and seemß at last to be pretty well convinced of the futility of his 80-called mission. His sons have been removed from Cambridge, and the family return to New Zealand by the steamer of May 2. Whether Mr Rees himself accompanies them will depend on various circumstances. His friends had just persuaded him it was the wise thing to do, when he received an invitation to lecture at Edinburgh, which seemed to completely unsettle him again. Why it should do so no one could imagine; but the sanguine man talked wildly as if it altered everything. Rees has to pay his expenses to Scotland and back; and if he asked for 5s for lecturing, his hosts would button up their pockets. Nevertheless he seems immensely flattered, and founds all sorts of delusive hopes on the expedition. One cannot help being sorry for such a dreamer, though men of his class undoubtedly do the colony a lot of harm. Should any thoroughly practical man come Home in the future with a special settlement scheme he will find himself sadly hampered by Rees's failure. The latest person " very much interested " in Rees's proposals is, I hear, Mr Stead", of the ' Pall Mall Gazette'; but then Stead is "very much interested" in so many things. If, however, he were by chance to take Rees au serienx, that worthy's prospects might improve.
THE " ARKTOS" REFRIGERATOR.
I went yesterday to see a number of the new Arktos refrigerators at work at the patentee's yards, in Regent square. Here, at any rate, there is no hocus pocus. Tiie whole process is a3 simple as A B C, and as cheap as it is simple. There is no machinery and no skilled labor required. A lad of twelve looks after the six Arktos refrigerators in operation, and they only occupy a portion of his time. The importance of this discovery lies in the fact that it brings a cheap and thoroughly effective refrigerator within the reach of butchers, hotelkeepers, restaurateurs, and tradesmen generally. For about L2">o it is now possible to erect a freezing chamber 10ft x 10ft with Arktos pipes, small furnace, etc., all complete. Once put up, this concern costs from 8d to lOd per day to work, and can be looked after by any unskilled person you happen to have available. The furnace has to be lit for two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening. This suffices to retain the freezing chamber at about 13" Fahr., for twenty-fonr hours, evcu though you may once or twice temporarily raise the temperature by the insertion of newly killed meat. The cold generated by this ammonia process is phenomenally dry, so that entering the chamber from the outside one hardly notices it. The chambers at Regent Equare are crammed with every conceivable kind of fish, flesh, and fowl, yet there is absolutely no smell. We were shown meat which had been eight months there, yet which in appearance looked no different (and we were assured would eat in no way differently) to joints inserted the previous day. It is worth noting, too, that the Arktos succeeds in preserving fish better than any of the known refrigerators. A gentleman tells mo he tried a notable experiment with some soles which were left in an Arktos six weeks, and then taken out and compared witli a pair purchased from the local fishmongers that afternoon. His family and friends were asked at dinner to discriminate between two sets, and say which was which. All agreed there was nothing to chooße between them. The inventor and patentee of the Arktos have already (tho disoovery has been made public barely a month) far more London orders on hand than they can possibly execute. They have taken out patents in forty countries, and arc anxious to sell half their interest in each of them. The Australian patents are still open, but that for New Zealand is under offer to the new company the M'lver's are trying to organise, the price being L 25.000. Whilst Cordner's "preservative" seems, on the surface, infinitely the most wonderful invention of the two, I cannot somehow help feeling that if I had dollars to invest I should prefer risking them over the "Arktos." That this ammonia process must sooner or later supersede every known refrigerator is, I feel sure, as certain as that the sun (sometimes) shines. The only fear, of course, is that Mr Daniells may (as he claims) have hit on a procesa which will entirely supersede refrigeration. The pretentions of Daniells, Cordner, and Co. arc indeed " prodeegious" ! WALTER BRNTLEY'S LIBEL SUIT. Your old friend Mr Walter Bentley (now an actor of considerable eminence in the English provinces, and the lessee of the Theatre Royal, Belfast) has this week been the plaintiff in a newspaper libel case of an almost unique character. The defendants were the proprietors and the dramatic critic of the Belfast' News Letter,' and the cause of action was a series of criticisms written by the latter defendant, which Mr Bentley averred were deliberately spiteful, malevolent, and untrue, The story which the actor told, and which the jury eventually decided to believe, ran as follows:—Mr F. Frankfort Moore, the dramatic critic of the Belfast 'News Letter,' is something more than a mero hack journalist. He has written two or three fairly successful novels, and is a great hand at boys' books of adventures, of which he does three or four per annum for the Society fur Promoting Christian Knowledge. Mr Moore has also dabbled a bit in play-writing, and, like so many litterateurs, constructed a drama which he firmly believes would succed brilliantly if only he »ould get it produced. Till this unlucky play came on the lapis Mr Mcoro and Mr Bentley were great friends. Mr Moore saw in Mr Bentley an "actor of rare promise," and in Mrs Bentley " a singularly fascinating comedienne. " He was so struck, indeed, with the Bentleys' talents that he thought of entrusting his magnum opus to their charge, and, with a view to getting to business, proposed that Mr Bentley should hear him read the play aloud. Bentley was not " enthused " by the proposal. A long and painful experience of amateur efforts taught him what to expect. Nevertheless, anxious to be courteous to his friend, and possibly a bit curious too, he asked the budding dramatist in one night to supper, and after a hearty meal, lit a cigar, brewed a glass of punch, and bid Moore "fire ahead." Then came the catastrophe. The wa^.'dull; Moore did not know how to read it; Bentley tried in vain to follow him; the effort was too muoh ; the man was tired and he fell asleep. When Bentley awoke Moore was gone. From this hour Moore's criticisms changed completely in tone. Instead of being an " actor of rare promise," he was told by his censor when he ventured on Romeo that he might "' begin to improve until he becamo once again a very creditable third-rate actor.' Moreover, he hinted that the ghost in ' Hamlet '—who it should be remembered is a rather preachy and sententious elderly person, having little in common with the youthful and ardent Romeo—would be more in Mr Bentley's way; and it was suggested in sufficiently intelligible, if not very pure, English that tho actor should 'give his talents a chance of obtaining recognisance in this role.' Pour comble de malheur, as Frenchmen say, the critic on this occasion felt it his duty also to pay a severely ironical compliment to Mrs Bentley, who •as Juliet,' he observed, 'really looked only a few years older' than the young lady who appeared as her mother. It was this crowning injury that avowedly induced Mr Bentley to bring an action for libel which has just been deoided at the Belfast Assizes. That Mr Bentley had been rude enough to drop fast asleep while the play was being read, and that on awakening he found that critic and dramatic author had taken his departure, appears to have been beyond dispute. Mr Bentley was candid enough to say that he did not allege that the incident referred to was the cause of the criticism, though he • thought it might have something to do with it.' The upshot of the case is that the Belfast jury have decided that the libel was not written by the defendant' in the ordinary course of his duty,' and thereupon they have given the
aggrieved actor L2OO damages with the 'entire concurrence' of Mr Justice Harrison." , Thia is about the fifth or sixth libel case within a few weeks that has been given against the Press. One effect of the "new journalism " is certainly that juries are considerably less complaisant to newspapers than they used to be. THE UOUCICAUI.T DIVORCE AGAIN. The ingenious attempt of that volatile patriarch, Dion Bjucicault, to bilk his first wife of the alimony which the Court very properly awarded her when she divorced him some little time ago has, all rightminded persons will be glad to hear, failed. " Uncle " Samuel French, who collects the fees for Boucy's copyrights in England, was I ordered by Mr Justice Butt on Tuesday to ! pay over all the money due to Mrs Agnes Boucicault, together with her law coßts, etc., which must by now amount to a considerable sum. On Boucy's side, it was urged that all interests in the copyrights had some time ago been made over to Miss Louise Thorndyke (whose "Alfred-David" on the subject was put in), and that the money coming from them could not therefore be meddled with. Justice Butt, unfortunately, could only see in the assignment a " blind " to avoid paying the alimony and set it calmly aside. A Mr Caddagen—a Bhadowy person who figured in the proceedings aB American trustee for Miss Thorndyke—was alleged by the petitioner, Mrs Boucicault, to have existencs—to be, in fact, a sort of Yankee " Mrs 'Arris," evoked by " Dion the 'cute " out of his imagination. PERSONAL AND GENERAL, A large number of musical friends went to see Santley off by the Oceana last Friday. He is a great favorite with the profession, and the hopes expressed for his success in vour part of the world were more genuine than is generally the case under euch circumstances. At the same time experts opine the great baritone's voice is too much worn to create a furore nowadays, Mr Robert Louis Stevenson writes that he has abandoned his intention of pushing on to the Antipodes, and is returning home at once.
Lord Augustus Loftus has been a good deal cmbarraesed by the congratulations of friends and creditors, who (unacquainted with the intricacies of the peerage) imagined that he had succeeded to the rich Marquisate of Ely. The new Marquis, as a matter of fact, is Mr John Henry Loftus, son of Lord Augustus's elder brother Adam. Ho is unmarried, but has a younger brother who is not only married but has a son, so that there aro still three good lives between the ex-Governor of New South Wales and the title. Under these circumstances to be congratulated was a trifle "rough." I hear, though, that the late peer's mother and the Queen's bosom friend, the Dowager Lidy Ely, now meanß to do something tor her impecunious relatives. The favorite for the Cape Governorship is now Sir Henry Loch. Lord Knutsford on dit inclines to the appointment of Sir William Jervois. Should Sir H. Loch get it Sir William Robinson would probably bo assigned to Victoria for a full term. It is a curious but undoubted fact that Australian colonists, though fairly well accustomed at home to great heat, generally suffer more severely in the Red Sea than English folk. During the voyage Home of the Rome this last time, Mis Stinley Hill grew delirious with Buffering from the heat, and jumpiug overboard was drowned. THE NEW ZEALAND ANTIMONY COMPANY. Shareholders in the above company have received the following circular : 1. Mr Farmer, one of the directors, having returned from New Zealand, has furnished to the Board a full ropoi t of his inspection of the company's mints at Endeavor Inlet. Mr Farmer stateatUtit, although there can be no doubt that a practically inexhaustible Bupply of antimony ore exiflts on the company's property, a good deal of driving or tunnelling may have to be done befoio the lode is reached in the lower levels. Ho ascertained that upwards of 20,000 tons of antimony oie had been obtained from drive No. 1, near the summit of the mountain, by " stoping out " above the lino, thus proving that when the lode is reached in the drives lower clown a large quantity of ore will bo found. That the ore extends downwards to the base of the hill is a goological certainty, and tt'C usual course has been adopted of opening drives at the side of the hill 'for the purpose of cutting the lode; but the matrix has proved very hard, and this renders the use of dynamite necessary at every step, and the progress is consequently slow. Already, in No. 4 drive, a lode about a foot thick has been reached, specimens of which have been brought Home by Mr Parmer, and may be seen at thi- office. Lower down the hill 1,500 tons of what may be termed alluvial ore had also been obtained. A considerable landslip hiving tak'-n place at some remote period, the superincumbent soil or softer rock had been washed away, leaving the antimony co ex nosed. A sample of this ore, selected by Mr Farmer, yielded 41.9 per cent, of antimony. A drive is now being proceeded with from each side of the spur from which this slip had taken place, so as to intersect the lode. Blocks of ore, over 18in square, were found in the land slip, proving bf-yond doubt that the lode was of considerable fize at that point, An enoimous amount of work has been dono, and the labor p irties are kept constantly going by means of day and night shifts, but until the main lode ia reached in the lower levels there will be no appreciable increase in the rate of output. 2. To prevent, however, tho possibility of a failure to complete this year's contract with Messrs Cookson, the directors have, with tho consent of that firm, arranged for supplies of antimony ore from another source, and on very favorable terms, At the prices at present ruling, the sale of 2,000 tons of antimony oro of f>o per cent, standard (the minimum under the contract) represents a sum of nearly L 27,000. 3. At a meeting of the Board, held yesterday, the contract for sale of the ennpauy's gold mine at .Tackson Head was duly executed ou the lines indicated at the annual meeting on the lGth of January, the terms being LIO.OOO in cash, and L 125.000 in fully paid-up shares in a company now being formed to work and develop the same.-Yours, etc, W. B, FABIAN. COLONIAL STAMPS. It may interest your readers to learn that some of the older issues of colonial stamps are specially highly prized by collectors, and fetch prices which to outsiders seem ridiculous. Amongßt the rarest stamps put to the hammer at a sale in Tokenhouse Yard on Monday may be mentioned two embossed wrappers of New South Wales, and a used embossed envelope. Tho latter was sold for 20 guineas, and the two wrappers for 23 guineas and L 8 respectively. Another New South Wales envelope realised L 9, and an unused orange eightpenny stamp was knocked down for Lls 10s, and a blue twopenny at L 6 10s. Several of the yellow eightpenny New South Wales stamps went for about L2 each, but an entire sheet of fifty only realised L 5 4; while a sheet of twenty-five sixpenny brown (unused) was sold for L 25. An unused 2d of Victoria realised L2O, and a twopenny stamp of Weslcrn Australia went for five guineas. A black penny (English) with V.R. in the upper angles) sold for L 5 10s, and two unused eightpenny (English) of the 1876 issue realised L 6 5s the pair. A pair of Mauritius sold for L 5 15s; a penny (blue), Tasmanian, of 1853 issue, for L 4 10s; a Victoria " Registered stamp," four guineas; besides upwards of twenty others at prices ranging from L2 to L 3 10s apiece, and several pairs and blocks of stamps at proportionate rates. In the House of Commons on Tuesday evening, in the course of an interesting debate on the respective virtues of emigration and home colonisation, Mr Seton-Karr advocated a seemingly practical scheme of State-aided colonisation, of which more is likely to be heard.
PRITOHARD MORGAN'S LIBEL SUIT. *That most extraordinary Anglo-Aus-tralian, Mr Pritehard Morgan, was defendant in au action for libel at the Law Courts on Saturday. He conducted his own case, and (much to the surprise of Mr Justice Field and a special jury) very well he did it too. Morgan's friend; A. W. Stirling (author of' The Never Never Land') sat, beside him, and, whenever the irritable little man showed symptoms of bubbling over or answering the Judge with insufficient deference, pinched him in the leg, The case arose out of a report of what is now the Morgan Gold Mine made some years baok by an expert of repute named John Arthur Phillips. Pritehard Morgan, it seems, quoted a number of eminently favorable statements from this report in the prospectus of the Morgan Company. Mr Phillips is dead, but hiß son wrote to the ' Standard' protesting against his father's report being made use of in this scrappy manner, and stating that, as a whole, he considered it distinctly unfavorable to the
mine. This letter undoubtedly did the company an immense lot of harm, especially as intending investors found on examination that young Mr Phillips's assertions relative to the partial and misleading character of the extracts in the prospectus were correct. Pritchard Morgan was furious, and wrote the violent letter to the 1 Standard,' characterising Mr Phillips aa a liar, etc., which brought about the present proceedings. Cross actions for defamation and slander were also entered by Morgan against Phillips, who had however no ewe. Phillips was the reverse of anxious to waste money in law expenses, and would have patched up the quarrel again and again, but Morgan (though assured he had no case) insisted on going on with it. He subpoenaed soma score of experts who had examined the mine, and, no doubt, intended to give the now much depreciated property a nice lift. Unfortunately, the Judge proved obdurate. He signifioantly advised Morgan to Bettle the case without consulting the jury. *' Go," he said, "and talk to that gentleman (pointing to Pinlay, Q.C., retained by Phillips). I know him well. He's very sensible, and will do what's right." But little Morgan, with all due deference to His Lordship's opinion, wished to talk. "I do not know, Mr Morgan," presently interjected the Judge acidly, "what you are trying to prove to us, unless it is that you are a great deal cleverer and better able to judge of things in general than most people. Now, whether that is or is not so doeß not, fortunately for you, happen to be the question before us. Let me remind you, moreover, of the old French proverb, qui excuse s'accuse." After this Mr Morgan agreed to discuss matters with Mr Finlay, and a compromise was arranged. Morgan consented to pay 40s for miscalling Mr Phillips a liar, and Mr Phillips disclaimed any intention of injuring Mr Morgan and his enterprise or reflecting on his integrity. Each side paid its own costs. Mr Morgan's friends congratulated him on the issue, but he himself seemed the reverse of pleased somehow.
OUR LONDON LETTER., Issue 7919, 29 May 1889
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