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OUR LONDON LETTER.

ANGLO COLONIAL NOTES.

London, September 11. Amongst the forty‘two journalists who viewed the Searle versus O’Connor boat race irom the Press steamer on Monday last were three New Zealanders—vis, Mr Henry Brett (of the Auckland ‘ Star ’), Mr Garland (who was brought up in that city, but is now a newspaper proprietor in Sydney and a member of the New South Wales Legislature), and Mr Naughton, also once of Auckland, but now a sporting journalist in San Francisco. Mr Naughton said that he had Come over specially to do the match for the ‘San Francisco Chronicle,* and was also acting as Correspondent for the Sydney 1 Referee.’ He asked .tenderly ditet old acquaintances in the oolotty. Some interesting particulars are forthcoming anent the adventures of ah of the New Zealand Shipping Company, who visited Liverpool on Saturday last in the hope of- getting hold of fifty men or So to coal the Kaikonra. He was "shadowed” by the strike pickets from the moment he arrived till the moment he departed, and though he got through a deal of money achieved absolutely nothing. On Saturday night he spent his time going round the public‘houses frequented by the men be wanted. He was lavish of cash and "stood” unlimited treats, and found the men not indisposed to listen him. Fifty of them promised to meet him on Sunday to proceed to London by the night train; but in the interval the Unipn delegates pointed out to them the error of their ways, with the result that at the last moment they repudiated the contract, The agent, undismayed, got together another fifty on Monday morning, some oi them being promised as much as L 3 10s a week, A special train was in waiting to convey the party to London, and the men were got down to the neighborhood of the station about one o’clock. They were invited by the agent into an adjacent public-house for final refreshment, after which they with one accord informed him that they meant to stay at home; and this, too, although in their own words he’d been " feeding and boozing them all the ' blooming morning.” The agent, by going into the highways and by-ways, managed, however, to get together yet another fifty men— mostly loafers and public-house bummers this time. Each of these worthies seemed to be afflicted with a deadly thirst for bottled beer, which was freely supplied to them during the tedium of waiting for the complement to be made up. This lot the Union delegates did not think it worth while to interfere with, remarking caustically : “They’ll get it hot when they arrive in London, and they’ll have to foot it back again.” This speaker proved to be a true prophet. Despite the most elaborate precautions, the party were intercepted at Euston by the strike pickets, who coolly walked off the men from under the powerless and infuriated agent’s nose. Over L 20.000 has now been received from the Australian colonies by the Dockers’ Strike Committee. But for this ready and generous assistance there can be no doubt the men must have given in. Mr Bums referred to the fact in his speech on Tower Hill the other morning, bitterly contrasting the practical help afforded by the Australian working men with the sentimental condolences of the Americans, who passed votes of sympathy by the score, but omitted to forward any money. The Strike Committee are very properly profoundly grateful to the Anglo-colonial news agencies in general, and more particularly to the ‘Age’ and Adelaide ‘Advertiser’syndicate, for cabling out such full accounts of the day-to-day proceedings as have enabled the colonial public to grasp the situation and realise the urgent necessities of the poor docker and the justice of his cause. They also comprehend gratefully that the leading Australian newspapers must have spoken out with no uncertain sound on their behalf. The dockers themselves seem chiefly impressed by the reflection that a couqtry where the working men can in a few days collect thousands of pounds to send to their starving brethren at Home must be “ a rare foine place to live, lad. ” The strike has already given an impetus to emigration; but chiefly in the direction of Canada. Mr Burns to-day announced that he had arranged with the Australian and New Zealand Unions that the steamers which had been loaded, by “blacklegs” shouldnotbe unloaded onarrival attheirports of destination. The Ormuz, Ruapehu, and Tainui come under this category. It remains to be seen whether the threat can be carried out.

Dr Macgregor, who is contributing some letters descriptive of his travels in your part of the world to the ‘ Scotsman,’ waxes enthusiastic over the beauties of Auckland, which ho describes as the “ Stockholm of the Southern Hemisphere.” Since the departure of the ’Frisco mail Captain Ashby has booked the following per Victoria, sailing November 15: Archdeacon and Mrs Williams and Miss Williams for Auckland ; Mr Honeyman, nephew of Dr Honeyman, and Miss Lillie Mason, who goes out to be married at Dunedin.

The Tainui was got out of tho docks with some difficulty yesterday, and will finish her loading at Plymouth. Mr John James Pearce, the missing heir to a deceased Sydney magnate’s L 1,400,000, was discovered at Kettering on Sunday, where he has been working as a plasterer on 25s a week. He went for a walk on Sunday after dinner, taking the ‘ People * with him, and, reading casually, came upon the news of his good fortune. He has since seen the deceased’s solicitors, who appear to be quite satisfied that be is the eldest nephew. Mr Pearce leaves for Australia by an early steamer. Only last June Pearce’s wife was driven by fear of starvation to commit suicide, first cutting her throat and then hanging herself. An indignant Australian complains in the ‘ Standard ’ that England has regarded the championship sculling match with culpable apathy. At Sydney last year, when Searle woa the championship, the whole city was in a state of wild excitement. London ought to be equally enthusiastic now; indeed, “Australia’’ thinks we ought to be as interested in the champion sculling race as we are in the Derby or an important cricket match. This is all very well, remarks the ‘St. James's Gazette ’; but the public is not quite sure that a sculling match under present conditions is really genuine sport. There is jnst a suspicion that the sculling championship has not always gone to the right man, or, rather, to the best man.

Mr Carl Lumholtz, the discoverer of the Queensland cannibals, is being filed and made much of everywhere this week. Tysers’ new steamship company for importing frozen meat and provisions from Australia and New Zealand was registered on Wednesday with a capital of LIOO,OOO, and the title of the Tyser Line, Limited, The two Tyser brothers are the only directors named as yet. I need scarcely point out that should this company go through it will prove a formidable opponent to existing concerns. . Many, however, think it is only meant for a bluff, started with a view to bringing Mr Dawes and the New Zealand Shipping Company to a proper sense of Tysers’ influence, Frederick Villiers, the war correspondent, has resolved on another lecturing tour in Australia and New Zealand. He will cross from Vanoouverafteroompleting hie American engagements. Dr Brown-Sequard’s “Elixir of Life,” which is said to be a somewhat similar compound to your Dr Manuington Caffyn’s “Liquor Carnis," has had an unfortunate effect on an elderly negro whom the French medico was bent on rejuvenating. At first the effects of the injection appear to have been highly gratifying. The venerable black promptly became twenty years younger, ate, drank, walked, jumped, and joked,in the most astonishing manner, and was the wonder of tout Pans. Subsequently, however, he to the horror of the inquiring doctor, evinced indubitable signs of blood poisoning, and rather incontinently died. The old fellow’s relatives are how vowing vengeance on Brown-Sequard, DrCaffny has not, I fancy, as yet experimented with his liquor carnis on aught bigger than rabbits. When he begins on human beings he will probably select some of the reviewers of ‘ Miss Milne and I’ as suitable subjects. A glance down the columns of the ‘ Era ’ in search of Anglo-colonial theatrical news discovers one or two small items only. Minnie Palmer, after all, goes to Her

Majesty’s for Christmas; terms, Ll5O a week, Mrs Bandmann-Palmer is travelling the provinces with ‘Tares’ and ‘The School for Scandal,’ and doing pretty well. Genevieve Ward has gone to Sbanklin (of all places) to study poison effects for her new play, and Walter Reynolds appears to be still ‘Church and Stage’ in the North fairly' prosperously. Terriss and Miss Millward sailed for New York on Sunday. Whether they go on to Australia depends upon the success of ‘ London Day by Day,’ as Terriss comes back to the Adelphi for the run of the melo-drama fob lowinglt. . ATTEMPTED MX'K DEB OF A NEW ZEALANDER, A young New Zealander named John Thomas Thompson, who recently came'to England to claim some money left him, appears to, have bean all .but Liverpool oti the 81st ult The person charged with the offence is James Chandler, a small tradesman in Great George street) who was brought ■ before the Stipendiary Magistrate bn Monday last, when the following story transpired:— “John Thomas Thompson said he was at present living at 13 Oldham street, Liverpool. He was twenty-eight years of age, and for the last ten years he had been living in New Zealand; be returned 'here on the Ist July. He came to this country to receive seme money on the death of a relative. Part of the money was paid in a cheque for L 100; it was an order cheque, which he had since cashed at Gunliffe, Brooks, and 00. He was intending shortly to return to New Zealand, and thought of buying goods to take ont tp sell there, He desired to pick np sots* patent article or any other novelty ho could get. With that object he came to Liverpool. fie also intended to visit Birmingham and Wolverhampton. He decided to rent an empty room in Liverpool in order to have his purchases stored there. While looking for such a room he passed the shop 32a Great George street. He went into the shop to make inquiries; the prisoner was there. With the exception of a few locks, and a small trunk, there was nothing in the i shop. He explained to prisoner that he wanted a room. Prisoner said he could let him havo a room, and explaining to him his object, prisoner said he could let him have some locks. Prisoner said they were patents of bis own, but he had not yet got one of the locks manufactured. Prisoner said something afloat a patent motive power, and he was very anxious that prosecutor should take it up. They ultimately resolved to go to Birmingham, but before doing so went to the Bank of Gunliffe, Brooks, and Co., Manchester, where prosecutor presented a cheque for LIOO, drawn by William Garsden, payable to prosecutor's order. The signature of the drawer was not known in Manchester, and the bank declined to cash the cheque at sight. Prisoner waited in the vestibule, and ou coming out be wanted to know what prosecutor was doing in the bank. He told him that the cheque, which he showed, would have been cashed at sight at Blackburn, but they would not cash it in Manchester without referring. At that time be had not endorsed the cheque, and they proceeded to Birmingham. They returned to Liverpool on Saturday, the 31st nit. On the way down from Manchester to Birmingham prisoner mentioned his patent, which he said was in the cellar at 32a Great George street. Prisoner had talked of throwing his invention on the market; and asked prosecutor to help him to do so, as his wife was averse to him disposing of it. On returning to Liverpool they separated, prisoner going to see his wife, it Ipeihg arranged that they should meet at the Pioton reading room, which they did. Prisoner-said his wife had followed him, and they must not leave together. Accordingly it was decided that witiless should go to the Gaiety, where prosecutor joined him. Leaving there after a few minutes they proceeded into Lime street, and while passing the Horse Shoe, prisoner said he was thirsty. Prosecutor asked him td have a drink, and they went in together, where prisoner had a bitter beer, and prosecutor had a lemon squash. They proceeded then to Great George street. Prisoner said they must be very careful, as his wife might be about watching them. The front door, he said, was bolted as well as locked, and therefore they would have to go round to the back; and this they did, it being very dark at the time. They went down some steps into a cellar entrance. Prisoner opened the door, and they both went in. Prosecutor struck a light, and lighted his pipe; prisoner produced a candle, and witness lighted it. Prosecutor then said : ‘Go on; the model is in the coal cellar,’ and prosecutor went ou, prisoner following him, but not immediately. Prisoner stood close behind him after he came in. He made no remark, and witness, expecting that he would say something, said ‘ Well. ’ Prisoner at that time had his right band down, as if there was something in it, and he pointed to the cellar underneath the pavement. Witness turned towards the coal cellar, and felt immediately a heavy crushing blow on the top of the head, followed immediately by a heavy blow on the back of the head. He fell, but was not stunned; he felt the blood trickling down his face. He thought prisoner was attempting to murder him, and he crept away a little distance. It was then perfectly dark, the caudle having fallen to the ground. Witness felt at least a dozen blows afterwards on his shoulder. Prisoner appeared to be striking heavy blows at him, in the place where he had been, and was missing bis aim, and striking him on his shoulder with his arm instead of the weapon. Prosecutor then crawled out in the passage about eight feet, and then ran out. Ho could hear prisoner groping about for him. He recovered immediately on getting into the fresh air. He was taken to the East Dispensary by a policeman. Prisoner was afterwards apprehended,! but immediately before that he denied that he had been with prosecutor that day, and said he bad given him the key of the cellar to store his goods in, and that he was with two other men. Prosecutor denied this. “Dr Pearson stated that he had attended to the prosecutor, and found serious injuries on the head. The hammer produced would doubtless cause such wounds, but if the shaft of the instrument were concealed up the sleeve of the person giving the blow it would have to be wielded with considerable force to cause the injuries prosecutor had received. Had the arm of the person been free the blow would most likely have oansed death.

“ Mr Raffles said it was as narrow an escape from murder as ever he had heard of. “ Police-constable 504 said be searched the cellar, but found no model. He picked up a piece of candle, and saw drops of fresh blood in the cellar and in the passage. “ Prisoner was committed for trial.”

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OUR LONDON LETTER., Issue 8050, 29 October 1889

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OUR LONDON LETTER. Issue 8050, 29 October 1889

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