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OUR LONDON LETTER.

ANGLO-COLONIAL NOTES,

London, June 21

The sneers and "pshaws" of chemists notwithstanding, the Food Preservative Company continue to make progress. Amongst recent converts to their fumigation process is Captain Hector, of the P. and 0. Company, who tikes a sample carcass that haa been treated out with him on the Victoria this time. If it withstands the heat of tho tropics be and some friends contemplate purchasing tho Australian patent, as there can then be no doubt that fumigation will ultimately supersede refrigeration. The other afternoon I met quite casually at the St. George's Club the gentleman who has purchased the patent for the Argentine Republic. He was enthusiastic on tho subject, although some of his experiments appeared to have been the reverse of successful. Ho told mo ho took out to South America samples of meat, fruit, and hides which had been treated. Everything kept good till the steamer entered the tropics, when the meat and fruit went bad. The hides, however, remained all'right for three months; in fact, my informant brought them back to England with him. He concludes from this that tho sulphurous aoid fumes are dispersed by heat, save (as in the case of the hides) where there is plenty of moisture. A nunsbor of experiments to test this theory are in progress. The Argentine patentee is quite satisfied that fumigated meat, hung in cool (not refrigerated) cham bars, would kcop good as long as the hides did.

Iu a letter to 'The Times' of Tuesday Lord Lamington expresses the opinion that it would be a wise step, and one conducing to tho loyalty of tho colonies, to station regiments of Imperial troops in the chief cities of Australia and New Zealand, but more especially in Adclaido, Melbourne, and Sydney. I think so too, providing the regiments were smart oae3,{g capable of

entertaining well and generally brightening up society. Mr Christie Murray left England rather suddenly last Friday, a fortnight earlier than ho had intended. This was in order to some time at Teneriffe, which he may not improbably make the scene of his next story. The Aorangi, leaving hero next Thursday, will pick him up and take him on to Hobart, where he disembarks and proceeds to Melbourne.

Whatever may be Phil Robinson's—well, amatory eccentricities, one thing is certain — ho is a model father and quite devotedto his two children. I am told on good authority that had the Courts ruled he must give thsm up to the lady who recently obtained a judicial separation from him, he would have disobeyed and bolted. This would have entailed abandoning his post on the 'Sunday Times,' and been a very serious thing in all respects, but for his children's sake lie felt it must be done.

Mr Appleton says Stanley will carry out his lecturing tour of the Australias (which his present expedition interrupted) as soon as possible after his return. Mr Malfroy, the superintendent in charge of the New Zealand Court at Paris, was for a long time Engineer of the Public Works Department at Rotorua. He speaks French like a native, and is very popular with the colonial visitors, to whom he can, and docs, give many useful " wrinkles." Mr John Milne has been luxuriating in tho bosom of Ms family at Leicester during the week, but starts shortly on a round of visits to Manchester, Bradford, Hartlepool, Edinburgh, and London. Mr Milne finds Leicester has grown and improved vastly during the past nine and a half years, and (like visitors to New Zealand) can see no signs "f alleged existing depression. °Mr F. Larkins (late of Auckland), who has become quite "an Exeter Hall old man," read a paper tho other evening at the annual meeting of the Association of Lay Helpers on ' The Work of Readers and Liy Helpers in the Colonies.'

Both Mr Edward Roper and Mr Hume Ni3bet are exhibiting a series of pictures of Now Zealand scenery in London just now. The latter's novel, ' Eight Bells,' by tho way, has been specially well reviewed. Tho author of 'Antipodean Notes' (Mr D'Aguilar) has just published a volume of stories appropriately entitled ' Whims.' They are similar in character to the late Grenville Murray's ' Strange Tales.' The play in which Mr Marriott-Watson and Mr J. M. Barrio are collaborating is (I forget whether I mentioned this before) founded on the life and experiences of Richard Savage. Dr Haines, of Auckland, is not, after all, going to Birmingham. He could not make his arrangements fit in with those of the eminent specialist there whoso surgical operations ho desired to witness, and so he has given tho expedition up. He says he circs the less about this as, what with studying a number of specially interesting casc3 at Guy's and St. George's Hospitals, prosecuting certain microscop'o researches of great interest in conjunction with Dr Abrahams (Professor of Histology at Westminster Hospital), and investigating generally recent advances in medicine and surgery, his time is more tha.i fully occupied. The leprosy scare has led to a great many medical men turning their attention to this obscure disease. The first English authority on leprosy is the aforementioned Dr Abrahams, though professional jealousy has not permitted the fact to become as public as it ought. Dr Haines is working with him now, and of course interesting himself to some extent in the question of the hour. He leaves London early in August, and will take Paris, Milan, and possibly Florence en route for Brindisi. A good deal of blame, by tho way, has been thrown by wrcckleis talkers on the doctor who attended poor Mr Maybrick for not suspecting till the clue was supplied him that the aick man might bo suffering from arsenical poisoning. Dr Haines remiuded me (and I mean to point it out in the English papers) that in the Hall poisoning case old Cain displayed every symptom of arsenical poisoning, yet as a matter of fact was found to have died from Bright's disease. The would-be poisoner had certainly administered tho drug, but Dr Haines came to the conclusion he had absolutely prolonged his victim's life by giving it him, instead of abbreviating it. The appointment of Mr P. Comiskey as a New Zealand Commissioner at Paris, coming so quickly after that of Phil Robinson, has excited a good deal of comment. Mr Peacock, M.H.R., crossed to Paris last Friday,|only to find that Sir F. Bell had just left for London. At the Exhibition, however, he ran up against Dr Grace, who was making his debut there as a New Zealand Commissioner. Miss Grace, needless to say, is convalescent. Mr Peacock returns to London to-morrow. Mr Brett, who is interesting himself in the mineral exhibits of the New Zealand Court at Paris, had intended accompanying Mr Peacock to Paris, but when the time came he was laid up ill. He has been really very poorly for the last fortnight, getting better one day only to retrograde the next; but has now, I hope, turned the corner. A Turkish bath on Tuesday worked wonders, Mr C. E. Haughton, of Dunedin, arrived in London from Paris to day, and will take up his quarters at the Arundel Hotel. He says Mr J. C. Brown was to have sent him a power of attorney to act for him at the Blue Spur meeting, but it has not arrived, nor has the transfer for some shares. He will in consequence be debarred from defending his friend to the irate shareholders. I can't say I should feel altogether disconsolate about it were I in his position. Sir Walter Buller is a doughty antagonist to tackle, and though Mr Haughton's confidence in little Brown being " straight as a die " remains, like Sir Robert Stout's, unshaken, ho would, I fear, find it difficult to explain, much less justify, some of that gentleman's errors of omission and commission as manager, I will now mention an instance of the general distrust in the Blue Spur Company which has been aroused by recent events. A shareholder a large shareholder —came to me yesterday to ask me about a certain New Zealandcr who had assured him (knowing something of mining matters) that the Blue Spur mines were a swindle, and who offered to stake his reputation or bet L 5 (the latter was the alarming symptom) that no gold worth mentioning ever would be got out of them. I referred him to tho company's prospectus and tho names thereon, and asked him whether the numerous influential men who had Bpokeu to the valuable nature of tho property were likely to be mixed up in a swindle, and he left somewhat comforted.

Mr Louis Brennan does not appear greatly disturbed by the announcement that Commodore Sohley, of the U.S. Navy, has invented a torpedo which will forthwith render his obsolete. The young Australian says he hears this sort of story on the average onoe a month, and always on the best authority ; but somehow the new torpedo itself never puts in an appearance. He is now busy with his type-writer, whiah experts consider will create as great a stir amongst inventors as the torpedo, Your late visitor Stuart Cumberland started a new illustrated Sunday paper called ' The Mirror' on the 16th inst. It is not a speoially brilliant production, either from an artistic or a literary point of view, and I shall be interested to note how long the printer's pocket behind the venture holds.

You have, perhaps, already noted your coming visitor Christie Murray's novelette ' Wild Dame,' in the summer number of the 'lllustrated News.' It is written in conjunction with Henry Herman, and does not strike mo as a good specimen of Christie's work. I much prefer Murray solus to Murray-cimt-Herman. The illustrations, however, aro admirable.

Dr Mannington Caffyn has, I learn, sold the patent of his now essence of meat to a syndicate for L 70.000. They only await the arrival of certain documents from Caffyn's partners in Melbourne to begin business.

The Prince of Wales was careful to bring the Australian colonies into his speech at M irlborough House on Monday anent the imperative necessity of taking practical steps for checking the progress of leprosy. The disease, he said, seemed to be spreading in the Australias, and in some of the colonies its ravages were almost unchecked. It might startle Londoners to know that at the present moment there was a man with unuiistakenble signs of leprosy on his hands employed at the Central Meat Market,

The Damien Memorial Hospital will now without doubt become an accomplished fact. Monday's meeting was a great success. His Royal Highness has seldom spoken to better effect, and ho was well supported by Sir James Paget, Cardinal Manning, and Mr Frank Harris (of the 'Fortnightly Review'). Mr E. Clifford, whoae article in the ' Nineteenth Century' on the settle- , ment at Molokai I sent you recently, read a sympathetic letter from the priest who has taken Damien'e place, describing the good father's last moments, and brought tears to many eyes. The Duke of Westminster alone was weak. It is this phenomenally rich I man's misfortune that he seems unable to . take interest or feel enthusiasm in anything, j Apathetic weariness is the invariable expres- i j sion written on his face. He to I fulfil certain duties because they are duties, but he does bo with but poor grace. Rumor j declares the only time the Duke ever smiled j was when Ormonde won his great race at Ascot, beating Minting and Bendigo. The papers seem to look upon "good old Toole's" success in the Australian colonieß as a foregone conclusion. They forget that twelve years ago, when the popular comedian was in his prime, he fell quite flat in the United States, and, furthermore, that you havo already seen some conspicuously funny actors in Australia. The late Fred Marshall, G. W. Anson, Royce, and Fred Leslie are all, in my humble opinion, far more subtly humorous comedians than Toole. la London, of course, Toole is like Sims Reeves, a popular institution, tolerated rather for the sake of what ho was than for the sake of what he is. Not that the old man won't amuse a good bit. Only don't expect to see a greater comic actor than you have ever seen before, or you'll be disappointed. The Gaiety Company are back again from Australia, and have (all «ave Fred Leslie, who is ill) been undergoing a severe course of "interviewing." I see Letty Lind was asked why they omitted Adelaide from the tour. She replied that Adelaide wa3 quite close to Melbourne, and that the people there who wished to see the Gaiety Company's performances came over by train. It was only a thirteen hours' journey, and they thought nothing of that in tho colonies. Letty liked Australia better than America, and quite fell in love with Sydney. She means to go back there some day. Miss Lind looks much fatter than when she loft London, and so does Nellie Farron. Fred Leslie, poor fellow, is Buffering from an attack of blood poisoning. All the influence which tho Duchoss of Manchester and her great friend Lord Hartington could bring to bear has not sufficed to hush up the criminal charge against Lord Mandeville. The matter was referred to in tho House of Commons last week, and the Public Prosecutor instructed to take up the case. On Friday last the heir of the Montagus was arrested, and on Saturday George Victor Montagu, commonly called Viscount Mandeville, stood in tho dock at Clerkenwell Police Court, charged with obtaining money under false pretences. The allegation is that Lord Mandeville, in order to persuade a solicitor named Apps to lend him money, in 18S7, grossly misrepresented lub present possessions and liabilities and his future prospects. On the understanding that Lord Mandeville was heir to the Duke of Manchester and a property yielding L 54.000 a year, that his liabilities did not exceed LI,OOO, that ho had no bills out, that he had not pledged hia future prospects, and that ho would repay the money whenhesold an estate cal!o.l Sank) Rosa in South America, Apps lent him two sums of L 025. When Lord Mandeville became bankrupt recently Apps learnt that the South American estate existed only in His Lordship's imagination; that the young man's life interest in tho family estates at his father's death would not exceed L 20.000 a year ; that he had raised every farthing he could on hia prospects; and that his liabilities, when he came to borrow in 18S7, were much nearer L 40.000 than LI.OOO. After Mr Grain (for His Lordship) had expressed profound surprise at the proceedings having been taken, and promised to explain everything satisfactorily, the hearing was adjourned.

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OUR LONDON LETTER., Issue 7972, 30 July 1889

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OUR LONDON LETTER. Issue 7972, 30 July 1889

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