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London, June 28,

At the invitation of the Agent-General the following gentlemen—viz, Sir Julius Vogel, Sir Walter Buller, and Messrs Beetham (M.H.R), Peacock (M.H.R), Henry Brett (proprietor Auckland ‘ Star ’), and Wolfe Harris (Bing, Harris, and Co.) — met at Victoria Chambers on Monday after noon to consider tne position ol affairs with regard to the forthcoming New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition. Sir Francis explained that the Dunedin Commissioners had appointed a Mr Simmonds as their official .merit in Loudon, Now that gentleman was in Paris, and, being engaged at the big show in tae Champs de Mari, was not likely to be m Loudon for sonic months to come. Meanwhile, several manufacturers, etc., had applied for space at Dunedin to Mr Kennaway and himself, and they were at a loss what to say or how to act. He had called the present company together to discuss the position. The New Zealand Governmeut had asked him to give Mr Simmonds a room at Victoria Chambers, and to form a committee of New Zealanders in London to assist. He bad, he might add, no funds, and no power to raise any. Mr Brett pointed out that the latest date for receiving applications for space was July 1, and that neither Mr Simmonds nor the AgentGeneral appeared to have any power to extend it. Sir J. Vogel said that the Dunedin Board of Directors had acted very foolishly in not having stated the amount of space available for English exhibits. The Committee w'as practically powerless. Eventually it was decided that the Agent-General should write to Mr Simmonds, and if his reply were not satisfac tory, cable to Dunedin asking for authority to receive applications and to allot space. Mr Wolfe Harris has purchased a large fountain for presentation to the citizens of Dunedin. The Corporation will select its locale. Mr Harris ships the fountain next month, and expects that it will reach Dunedin by September. Mr Walter Johnston, of Wellington, has taken a house at Oxford, and means to live there while his son is in residence at Wadham College. The family are entertaining a large party this week for commemoration. Sir Walter and Lady Buffer have been on a visit to Sir Robert and Lady Herbert, at their beautiful place at Ickleton, in Essex. Sir Robert is Permanent Under-Secretary at the Colonial Office. Mr Gisborne’s sister, Lady Evans, died last week, after a long illness. Sir W, Evans has, in consequence, shut up his town house, and the Gisbornes have returned to Wale?. After passing through Sandhurst brilliantly, Mr Lionel Gisborne has been forced to give up entering the army. It seems that he unfortunately suffered not long since from an attack of rheumatic fever, and this —as so often happens—left ill results behind in the shape of a stiffened hand (the sword hand). The doctors hope to put the matter right in a month or two, but the Duke of Cambridge, having allowed two extensions of time already, could not see his way to grant a third. Young Mr Gisborne will therefore, instead of “going where glory waits him” and that sort of thing, seek forensic renown at the Bar. Naturally, both he and his friends are disappointed, as he passed all the army examinations with flying colors. Sir Julius Vogel’s son possesses a fair share of his redoubtable sire’s abilities. He has just passed as a barrister after only ten months’ preparation. Mr Thomas Russell has been elected to a seat on the Board of the New Zealand Shipping Company. Despite the efforts of Mr Henry Russell the Imperial and Colonial Trading Company won’t “gee.” As a matter of fact, it collapsed the day Sir Walter Buffer and Sir Joseph Lee left the Board, The correspondent who cabled that Sir F. D. Bell and Sir G. Berry were to have the Legion of Honor drew on his imagination, though it is, of course, on the cards they will get some French decoration presently. Mr Peacock, M.H.R., spent a week at Paris Exhibition, and since his return has made several suggestions to the AgentGeneral, which are being carried out. He found there was no New Zealand coal there, the block intended for exhibition having either miscarried, or, like so many other things, been seized by “ that terrible Twopeny ” (as poor Sir Francis caffs your energetic secretary) for the Dunedin show, Mr Peacock discovered that most of the decent exhibits of wheat, kauri gum, and wool had been purchased by the AgentGeneral in London, those sent over being too poor to expose as sample produce. There are no photos of Now Zealand towns or docks, and the mineral display is wretched in the extreme. Fortunately Mr Brett has brought Home some capital photos of Auckland dock, etc., which are to be at once sent over to Paris, together with some very rich specimens of gold forwarded by Mr F. Woolams from Coromandel. Mr Brett has also written out for some specimens of silver from Te Aroha.

Webb and Sons, seed merchants, have a good agricultural show in the New Zealand court at Paris, but there are no specimens of inlaid tables or of New Zealand woods.

Mr Peacock left for Scotland yesterday. He will either return to New Zealand by the next steamer (ben days hence) to resume his Parliamentary duties, or else ask off for the session and remain in England for some months. He thinks he can do the colony more good by staying than returning. Talk at the St. George’s Club is that Jubilee Bonzin, who occasionally disports his gorgeous presence there, has been trying to inveigle a well-known and good-natured young Australian into assisting him in starting another gambling “hell” on the same lines as the defunct Field Club. Lord Dudley, on (Ht, is willing to provide the funds necessary, and Benzon promises players galore. What the Australian is to supply does not seem to be very clear. Let us hope it will be good advice. Lord Dudley seems to be developing almost as many eccentricities as his amiable parent, who, towards the close of his life, gave the doctors a lot of trouble Tho case of Warucs v. Warnes and Boby, particulars of which I mailed you some weeks back, was up before the Divorce Court again yesterday. The circumstances of the case were very curious. Mr Warnes went from Lowestoft to New Zealand some years ago. There he met the respondent, who represented to him that she was a widow with one child. He and she were married in a Roman Catholic church at Christchurch, New Zealand, on February 2D, 1884. About two months after the marriage she suddenly quitted their home without any previous warning to him, and left behind her a note stating that her brother was taking her away, After her departure she wrote her husband a letter stating that she hated him and would never live with him again, Having heard that she was about to embark for England, ho followed her, and he and she came in tho same ship to London, but on their arrival she, as he expressed it, gave him the “ slip.” Ho returned to New Zealand and beard no more of her till June 8, 1887, when she presented herself to him at Christchurch and expressed sorrow for having lott him. She, however, refused to give him any account of her movements from the time he lost sight of her in London. Subsequently letters and telegrams were delivered to her which she refused to show him. They agreed to separate by deed, but the deed was not executed when she once more disappeared. It was afterwards discovered that' she had again come to England, and that Mr Boby, believing her to be an unmarried woman, and she went through a form of marriage at tho Registrar’s office, Edmonton, on August 5, 1884. Mr Warnes, having heard of the bigamous marriage, came to this country, and Mr Boby having found that the marriage contracted ty him was with a woman having a husband living, he instituted in this Court a suit for a declaration of tho nullity of that marriage. He and his solicitor and Mr Warnes identified the respondent at Oatend in May of the present year. At the hearing of that suit both Mr Boby and Mr Warnes gave evidence, and a decree of nullity was pronounced. To-day again both gentlemen were examined, and there was no defence by the respondent. Mr Justice Butt' propopneed a decree nisi for the dissolution of the marriage of the petitioner and the respondent.

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OCR LONDON LETTER., Issue 7986, 15 August 1889

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OCR LONDON LETTER. Issue 7986, 15 August 1889

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