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OUR LONDON LETTER., Issue 7996, 27 August 1889
OUR LONDON LETTER.
ANGLO • COLONIAL NOTES. London, July 19. Mr and Mrs Brett and family leave for Scotland to-day. They intend to join Mr Peacock and his wife in Glasgow, and together make a tour of the Lakes. Mr Brett, Who has not been well since he arrived, hopes this littlo trip may completely reestablish his health. The New Zealand ships are filling up Vapidly Just BOW. The Rangitikei, for Dunedin, shut out a large quantity uf cargo, fthd the Lurline, which sailed for Auckland last week, had to refuse 300 tons. This has, however, been taken on boaid the Invercargill, sailing in about a fortnight. Marshall and Son, engineers, are sending out a quantity of machinery by the direct Steamer for the Dunedin Exhibition. Joseph Terry and Boas have shipped forty oases, and Raines Bros,, confectioners, twenty oases of exhibits for the same show. The Board of Trade have acknowledged Receipt of Captain Ashby'a book in a moat complimentary note, in the oourae of which they pronounce the work “ very interesting lor everyone who oarea about the future prosperity of a colony which baa now got over Its period of depression.” The cabled aummary of the New Zealand Budget, published yesterday, has had a moat beneficial effect on New Zealand Government Stocks, all of which rose significantly.
Mr C. E. Haughton goes down to Portsmouth for the naval review next week. He will be in Loudon in August, and §oes for a short holiday to Paris in eptember, finally sailing from Ms* , outward bound on the ?O fU , Mr Haughton *•" .oi that month. Sir Wat- m 6 ln t«rVieW With iJ}- „*>r Buller aneut the Blue Spur ~*meß convinced him that the London Board Could not have acted otherwise than they have, and that Mr J. C. Brown has bnly himself to thank for his dismissal. Sir W. Buller is still on the Continent, bnt I learn from a mutual friend that he has resolved to resigned the chairmanship of the Blue Spur Company, and contemplates returning to New Zealand. Whether there is any truth in this I cannot of course tell till 1 see him. Mr Perrier, who was for so many years manager of the Bank of New Zealand at Dunedin, is now, 1 learn, on the business Staff of the * Sunday Times.’ He obtained the appointment through the proprietor of that journal (Miss Alice Cornwell). Mr Smyth, who was well-known in musical Circles in New Zealand and had some connection with the New Zealand Insurance Company, is doing well in London, He came Home about twelve mouths ago, ftud soon afterwards received a very good appointment, which decided him to remain permanently, It was with intense surprise and sincere Concern and regret that I read the following severe, but. it is to be feared, only too fully justified censure, in last Sunday’s ‘Referee’: "•* i ' A Melbourne friend calls mj attention to statements made by the Maori, or sooaljed Maori, footballers while in the Victorian capital. Their mouthpiece, Joe Warbrick, makes a long story out of English illtreatment of the New Zealanders. Its burden is injustice to the visitors who Would have won nearly all the matches they happened to lose here if they had not been playing against seventeen-men teams, made np of a referee, an umpire, a captain, and fourteen others, who all worked together. This Warbrick, who projects another moneyWeking expedition to the Old Country, seriously assured oolonial interviewers that the boys were robbed out of the England match at Blackbeath by the referee. In taking that the referee was ‘ only the secretary of the Rugby Union,’ Warbrick insinuates that Rowland Hill must be partial by virtue of his secretarial office, and goes on a lot further in the same strain. Those wlo take the trouble to follow Warbrick through the string of recollections, inventions, and accusations will, if they put aside his mendacity, be most struck with his modesty, By way of preface to his assertion that Rowland Hill robbed the Maoris of the AllEngland game he puts the singularly characteristic remark ‘ 1 don’t want to blow.’ Now, that is just what he does, and what all Of bis kidney habitually de», When they win they blow, and When they lose they are nasty. As to the Maoris not getting fair play from officials, that Is vilely untrue. What is true Is that they grossly misbehaved themselves, and disgusted good men, who refused to meet them again. If the president and secretary of the Rugby Union were to give Verbatim in a police court a list of the things the New Zealand hybrids and thoroughbreds said they were, the poor-box would claim all their pocket-money at a dollar per epithet. I am sick of such fellows, who can never be beaten and admit that they were only second best: who get all they can out of ns, and revile us till the Dear future, looming with further benefits to Dome, suggests a course of buttering. If there is one solid sporting institution in England it is the Rugby Union, whose officers are thorough, robust, and manly in their athletic creed and measures. I entertain the greatest respect for, and have full faith in, the honesty of such men as Budd and Hill, to neither of whom, I may mention, have I ever spoken, though I know of them well enough. Usually the worst of such dirty untruths as this Warbrick circulates is that they are let off safely out of official contradiction’s range. Warbrick has made a mistake this time, because the * Referee ’ is extensively read in the Australasian colonies, and I present him with this paragraph. I can also promise a little addition which he is welcome to paste in his hat—viz., that when next he is interested in a touring team for England I will have his 1889 interview printed in full, to remind our people what style of sportsman he is.” I need scarcely point out that Warbrick has effectually “cooked ” the prospects of any future New Zealand team visiting this country. After such scandalous misrepresentations, no self-respecting English club belonging to the Rugby Union could possibly meet a New Zealand team to which Warbrick, or indeed any of our late visitors, belonged. What oan have induced the New Zealand captain to promulgate euoh a tissue of misstatement! I cannot conceive, nor oan I understand bow Ellison, M'Oaualand, and Madigan allowed them to pass unchallenged. They Know better than anyone else that in the All-England game they were completely overmatched, and that If every disputed point had been given them it would not nave in the smallest degree have affected the eventual result. There can, I’m afraid, be no doubt that the Maoris throughout their tour showed a most un-English reluctance to accept defeat on their merits. One or two of them added to this the contemptible habit of persistently accusing referees and umpires of partiality and dishonesty, but this is not true of the team as a whole. The implication that the Maoris habitually used coarse language to and about their opponents is incorrect and unjust. The sole occasion upon which I heard of anything of the sort was in the pavilion after the All-England match, and then Keogh was alone to blame. I would suggest to those members of the New Zealand team who decline to accept Joe Warbrick as their mouthpiecd that it might bo well to write to the ‘ Referee ’ and say so. At the meeting of the Central Emigra'ion Society on Monday afternoon it was stated that the Emigration Bureau at Westminster had proved a great success, no fewer than 32,742 applicants having been advised and dealt with during the twelve months. Gold to the value of L 36.000 has, Mr Pritchard Morgan says, been got out of his Welsh mine. As experts valued the “ pocket ” at L 40.000.1 expect the shareholders in the Mount Morgan Company will ere long have bad newa. A FASHIONABLE MARRIAGE. At the wedding of Captain Le Patourel (formerly A.D.C. to some of your governors) on Thursday last to Miss Blanche Eokley, of Boston (U.S.A.), the si*bridesmaids wore
Empire drone* of Create poplinotte, Witl wide green moire sashes from the righ shoulder and tied at the left side of thi skirt, with IdCgß cream hats trimmed witl green ribbon and lilie# of i,ue VAltejr I bouquets of pink rose.", I'hey also won 1889 brooches (the gift of the bridegroom) ir carved Gotuie With jewels betweei Oach letter. The bride was in the conven tional white brocaded satin, with orange blossom wreath and tulle veil, her orna meats being diamond stars, a diamond and sapphire brooch, and a pearl and diateObtl spray, the gifts of the bridegroom. Mi Eckley gave his daughter away, and the service was fully oh oral, the clergyman officiating being the Rev. the Earl of Mulgrave (eldest son of Captain Le Patourel’s old chief, Lord Normanby). After the ceremony the. wedding guests (about 300) were received by Mrs Eckley at the Ah xandra Hotel, Hyde Park Comer. The bride’s travelling dress was a Gobelin blue faced cloth braided in a darker shade made in directoire style, with large hat to match. The list of presents, which nils two columns of the ‘Court Journal,’ includes a gold watch from Lord Normanby, a silver cigarette case from Mr Alfred Romilly, a silver photo frame from Sir H. and Lady Robinson, silver muffineers from Hon. Mrs Charles Bright, silver walking stick from Hon. Ivo Bligh, cigarette casket froffl Mr Sate Bright, silver pepper-pot from Lady Saul Samuel, silver Biscuit box from Admiral the Earl of Clahwillialll, si I Vet" inkstand from Mrs VV. Robertson, silver paper knife from Captain Maturln, R,N>. and a silver sugar basin, oream jog, aha tongs from Mr Patrick Comeskey. A MESALLIANCE.
You are about to have a visit from Lord Dunlo, the tall, slim, pale-faced, large nosed, and somewhat groggykneed sprig of the Irish aristocracy who has just Concluded sowing what should prove a fruitful crop of wild oats by marrying Bello Bilton. Miss Bilton is, or was, one or the notorious Sisters Bilton, whose Hsijui duets have for the past year Or two proved an attractive feature Ja che programmes of our smarter LiOndon music halls. Her charms, which are distinctly substantial, include a much photographed face, with a profusion of blonde hair, a full bust, usually what shopmen call “ well displayed,” and a pair of shapely leg?. Amongst the habilxUs of the faster clubs, Belle Bilton has for a considerable time past been the fashion ; in fact, it could scarcely be said that any young “ dawg’s ” education was complete unless he had for a b-ief, blissful period enjoyed the proud but expensive privilege of providing for this distinguished artiste’s simple requirements. Belle’s taste in men is catholic. Sometimes one young masher has been her favored friend, sometimes another. Diamonds, dresses, and bouquets she has enjoyed in profusion, but up to now the fair lady has never been able to persuade any of her admirers to concede that simple but conventionally essential ornament —a wedding ring. Lord Dunlo is not yet of age, and has only been out of leading strings this last few months. During that time he has, however, managed to achieve Corinthian honors—not equal, certainly, to those of Lord A'.lesbury, Mr Ernest Benzon, and Mr “Swillington Shifter,” but of a high order. He was summoned one day last last month by a cabman who declared that he took His Lordship home early one morning after waiting some hours for him outside the Gardenia Club The young man had mislaid his latchkey, and could only effect an entrance by clambering on to the top of the cab and climbing thence into an upper window. Having achievtd this feat with cabby’s assistance he ungratefully declined to pay his fare. Lord Dunlo allowed the case to go by default. It was stated in Court that ills Lordship habitually declined to pay for cabs, but this was subsequently angrily denied, and is probably untrue. Mias Bilton has also figured in County Court annals. She was summoned for money lent by a man some time ago. Lord Dunlo did not go to the altar, or rather the Registrar, altogether willingly if the stories current are correct. Last week the match was “ off, very much off” (as Arthur Roberts would say), and the fair Belle breathing fire, slaughter, and breach of promise cases vowed to tear every hair from her lover’s head unless he kept his pledge. Ultimately, thanks to the intervention of a third person (a “pal” to whom His Lordship could, I should imagine, never be sufficiently) grateful), the difference was arranged, and on Wednesday morning last the Hampstead Registrar converted Belle Bilton into Lady Dunlo. The feelings of Lord and Lady Clancarfcy on learning of the ceremony can be imagined, but not described. The Karl, I understand, has taken summary measures, and packed the bridegroom off to your part of the world In safe custody. Lady Dunlo will probably be under the painful necessity of continuing her professional avocations, and also (if she proposes to retain her title and her husband) of exhibiting unusual restraint and decorum. Whether she will long consider the game worth the candle remains to be seen. The ‘ Pall Mall Gazette’ announced the marriage characteristically as follows :—“ Viscount Dunlo, the eldest son of the Earl of Clancarty, on Wednesday last spent half an hour at the Hampstead Registry, and during that time took unto himself in the bonds of matrimony Miss Belle Bilton, the muchphotographed music hall artiste. This sprig of the Irish aristocracy, though he will not attain his majority until December, has been for some time past an ardent supporter of the many night clubs which have sprung up recently. The Gardenia, the Corinthian, and Evans’s all know him well, and it is in these festive haunts that he has laid seize to the heart of the happy lady. Some few weeks back there were rumors of an impending action for ‘ breach ’ in consequence of a letter written by the young gentleman, but matters were adjusted by the intervention of a friend, who until recently lived with the Viscount and some other chosen friends next door to the Corinthian Club in York street, St. James’s square. At any rate on Wednesday morning a bridal party, consisting of the happy couple, Miss Flo Bilton, the bride’s sister, and Mr Mlnshull Ford, ascended the hill which leads from Avenue road to Hampetead, aud went through the interesting ceremony which has united a beauty of the ‘halls’ to the future Earl ofClancarty. The Viscount, accompanied by his tutor, will probably leave England for Australia in the course of a few days.” During the week Lady Dunlo has continued singing at the music halls as usual. She met with a tremendous reception at the Empire on Wednesday eveninj, together with not a little indelicate chaff anent her spouse and bis whereabouts. People are wondering whether the young Viscount knew of the existence of Miss Bilton’s three fine children when he espoused her last week. The gossips say “ No,” and that the discovery has caused a slight coolness, His Lordship and tutor were to leave London yesterday. In order not to attract uncotH* fortable attentions, the former travels under a pseudonym.
OUR LONDON LETTER., Issue 7996, 27 August 1889
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