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OCR LONDON LETTER.

ANGLO-COLONIAL NOTES. London, July 13. A clever escape was effected from the steamer Coptic at Rio od her homeward voyage (just completed) by the absconding jeweller Edwards, whom you may have read the English detective Rowbottam arrested at Hobart some weeks back. Edwards was safe on the day the Coptic arrived at Rio, and had apparently neither funds nor any means of communicating with the shore. That night, however, he complained of diarrhoea, and was allowed by the detective to leave their cabin sever-al times. From one of these journeys he failed to return. Edwards’s coat and hat were found under a boat next morning, and there was a lifepreserver {said to be his) in one of the closets. Evidently he either actually jumped overboard, or wished to give the impression he had done so. The latter is the more likely. The steward who told me of the matter hinted that a boat came off for Edwards by arrangement, and that he quietly dropped overboard into it. The detective was’ furious, and accused some of the passengers of collusion. No doubt there must have been something of this sort, as Edwards himself had no means of bribing people to assist him. An interesting reunion took place on Wednesday of the St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Missionary Association, who assembled to bid farewell to Mr Cecil J. Davenport, F.R.C.S. (late house surgeon), who sails for Australia to-day. Mr R. L. Stevenson, the novelist, expects to reach New Zealand early next year, and go on to Sydney, etc., later. Mr Courtney, of Taranaki, returns to the colony by the Ruapehu on the 22nd inst. with a special party, who are going out under his auspices. He expects to be back again in London in March, when a land company (in which he has a large stake) will, if possible, be floated, Mr Courtney has lectured most energetically on the subject of New Zealand in general, and Taranaki in particular, during his stay in England, and his brochure on the “ Garden of New Zealand” is to be found on every tailway bookstall. Bar a few commissions on passages booked per New Zealand Shipping Company’s steamers, Mr Courtney does not seem to have done very well for himself financially. The Government might, he thinks, offer a little pecuniary encouragement to special agents like himself, who constantly send out parties of desirable settlers with well-liued pockets. Sir Walter Buffer has gone off in a hurry to Vienna on business connected with the Queen Charlotte Town Gold Mining Company. The truth, I fancy, is that even with the much-reduced capital the promoters find some difficulty in getting sufficient shares taken up, and Sir Walter has betaken himself to Vienna to see if the oracle can't be worked there. If anyone can bring the matter to a successful issue he will. Sir Walter’s absence in Vienna prevented he and Lady Buffer from being present at the Marlborough House garden party in honor of the Shah. The Bowens, Sir F. D. Bell, and other notable Anglo-colonists, were there. Mr Henry Tollemache, M.P., has returned Home from New Zealand, fully restored to health, and much impressed with the colony. Dr Murray Moore {late of Auckland) ia publishing a work entitled ‘ Nine Years in New Zealand, which Mr Brett and others who have seen the MS. think promises well. It will occupy 250 pages small pica and contain four or five illustrations. Captain Ashby’s little book on his New Zealand tour is now out, and being very widely circulated. It is optimist enough to satisfy the most hypercritical, and should bring plenty of grist to the miff of W. Ashby and Co. Mr Peacock, M.H.R., who is at present in Scotland, accompanied the members of the Glasgow Trades House on their annual excursion down the Clyde to Lamlash (Arran) and back. After dinner he was called on for a speech, and expressed the pleasure it gave him to be back in his native city, and to be privileged once more to enjoy the happiness of renewing auld acquaintance with the beauties of the Frith of Clyde. A strong bond of sympathy existed between New Zealand and the Old Country. The colony had suffered from depression of late like other places, but it bad now in a great measure passed over, and he believed that from its vast seaboard and mineral and pastoral resources a great future was destined for New Zealand. Mr C. E. Haughton, of Dunedin, is stopping with relatives at Rochester, but makes frequent visits to town, ANGLO-COLONIAL THEATRICAL. Madame Melba was prevented by indisposition from taking her part in the State concert at Buckingham Palace on Friday evening; but she gave the mad scene in ‘ Lucia di Lammermoor ’ before the Shah at Covent Garden on Tuesday night, Letty Lind says there is not a word of truth in the story about the Gaiety girls encouraging foolish young Australians to ruin themselves by giving them diamonds, (lowers, suppers, and all the rest of it. Both principals and chorus were phenomenally staid and aniet in Australia, especially in Sydney. “ I’think,” declared the young lady, “you will find all the diamond presents made to any of the company.in Australia consisted of some photographic views of Melbourne someone gave Miss Farren.” The fair Letty declined either to deny or affirm her rumored engagement to a wealthy Australian squatter. Mr Hamilton Clarko is supplying the ‘ Topical Times ’ with some amusing letters aneut his voyage out on board the Garonne. That blithesome and volatile entertainer, Mr Snazslle, seems to have been the life and soul of the ship. Charles Arnold (‘ Hans the Boatman ’) is so pleased with his eleven months' tour in the Sunny South that he has pretty well resolved to make his permanent home in one of the Australian colonies, Mias Marie Van Zandt has concluded arrangements for a concert tour of the Australian colonies in the spring of 1890. Her voice is as yet quite unimpaired, Luscombe Searelle continues to frisk about the metropolis, enjoying himself and making engagements for his theatres at the Cape. He has just fixed up a company with Lionel Brough at its head, and they will go on to Australia if successful in South Africa. Toole has’gonc on his farewell tour of the provinces, but will play a short engagement in London before leaving for Australia. “ Friend Irving ” has already fixed up preliminaries for the inevitable valedictory banquet. Ttie Williamson triumvirate are in treaty for tv..* Australian rights of Mrs Burnett’s ‘ Phyllis,* Searle, the Australian sculler, accompanied by Neil Matterson, occupied a box at the Cambridge Music Hall, Shoreditch, the other evening. They were soon espied and recognised by one of the performers, “ the White-eyed Kaffir,” who informed the audience of Searle'a presence in characteristic fashion. LcuA cheers and cries of “fetch him odf,” .“speech,” obliged Mr Will Riley to introduce the whole party, who returned thanks, Searle showing manifest delight and beaming all over his face. Minting, the Australian cyclist, has obtained an extraordinary success at Hengler’a in Dublin. Mr Albert Hengler says: “ His one-wheel ascent of a spiral column simply electrified me when I first saw it.”

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OCR LONDON LETTER., Issue 7991, 21 August 1889

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OCR LONDON LETTER. Issue 7991, 21 August 1889

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