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OUR LONDON LETTER., Issue 7990, 20 August 1889
OUR LONDON LETTER.
ANGLO ■ COLONIAL NOTES. [From Oub London Correspondent. 1 London, July 13. Prior to the arrival of the Rimutaka and Coptic with their cargoes of frozen meat New Zealand lamb was selling at IOJd a lb, whilst prime English only fetched Is lb. This is worth noting, as a conclusive proof that English people have quite got over their prejudice to frozen meat. The inquiries which Sir Francis Bell made of Mr Simmonds anent the New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition have resulted most unsatisfactorily. Mr Simmonds (official agent, remember) replies pompously that he “cannot recognise” Sir Francis and his Committee. Under these circumstances lihe Committee can of course take no further action, and have resolved to leave the Exhibition to Simmonds and its fate. I can’s imagine who was responsible for the appointment of this person. How absolutely tactless and in every way unfitted for the position the man is his reply to Sir Francis amply shows. Of course Simmonds is a “friend of somebody” in Dunedin, and was appointed “ to oblige Benson.” It is always so. There never was an exhibition in the world where jobbery wasn’t rampant, and even with a capable man like Mrlwopenyat the head of affairs, I don’t suppose Dunedin is any exception to the rule. It would have been much wiser, however, to have trusted the London work of the Exhibition to Sir Francis, and have let him appoint an official agent, if an official agent was necessary. Dunedin would at least then have got a man who could devote his time to the Exhibition’s interests and wasn’t engaged in Paris. Mr Murray, o£ theßanW o£ New Zealand, has been very unwell, but seems now a little better. He goes to Scotland next week with Mr David Hean, of the National Bank, whom I saw at the soirde of the Colonial Institute looking quite bright and in his old form. What nan one say about the Colonial Institute soirde, 1 wonder, that one has not said before. There was rather less crush than usual, and rather more difficulty in finding people one wanted to. Anglocolonial manners have not Improved. The gluttonous way in which some of the visitors fought for the extremely light refreshments provided suggested that to many of them strawberries and cream and ices were rare luxuries, which should be made the most of. The New Zealanders present included the AgentGeneral and Mr Kennaway, Sir Julius Vogel (looking far from well) and Lady Vogel, Sir Walter and Miss Buffer, Mr Sydney Buffer, Mr Leopold Buffer, Mr and Mrs James Farmer, Dr Murray-Moore (late of Auckland), Mr Beetbam, Mr David Hean, Mr and Mrs Henry Brett and the Miss Bretts, Dr Baines (of Auckland), and young Mr Tebba (son of Rev. Mr Tebbs, of Auckland), Mr and Miss Larkins, etc., etc. Mr Larkins contemplates returning to Auckland in October next. Mr Peacock, M.H.R.,and Mrs Peacock are having a good time in Scotland. Dr Murray-Moore has settled down in Liverpool, and resolved to reside permanently there. Mrs Moore arrived in Liver--1 pool ten days ago. She is now spending a short time in London. The marriage of Mr James Larnacb, son of Mr Donald Larnach, to Lady Elizabeth Boyle, Lord Cork’s youngest daughter, was solemnised at St. Peter’s, Eaton square, lost Saturday with considerable magnificence, the wedding party being remarkably smart. The Prince and Princess of Wales were not present, but sent a present—a moonstone brooch set with rubies and diamonds. The newly manied couple are spending the honeymoon in Devonshire.
OUR LONDON LETTER., Issue 7990, 20 August 1889
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