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The last has been heard, let it be hoped, of the unsavory Russell matrimonial quarrel. Perhaps (remarks the «St. James's Gazette') it is with a sort of ironic "fitness that the House of Lofds (appeal branch} gave.V& decision which disentitles the husband from relief within a few hours of his estimable mother-in-law's (Lady Scott) release from prison. The ruling that the making ofthe> foulest ohargeß without evidence to support them is not "legal crueltv", must now be accepted a3 final—until ft is altered by Parliament. Yet that decision was only carried . by a majority 'of one in the House of Lords. On the'other hand, it is undeniable that, if judgments are weighed as well as counted* the five considerably preponderate against the four. Lords Halabury, Hobhouse, Ashbourne, and Morris are good lawyers and clever men of the world, but in point of legal learning they hardly avail against Lords Herachell, Watson, Macnaghten, Shandj andDaVey. The law of the case is settled. Whether it is justice is another thing altogether.
The sensational purchase and resale of Bovril, by Hooley, will be remembered (says a London correspondent of- the Melbourne •Argus'). Quite by acoident I recently heard the true account of the purchase from the negotiator, Mr Ross, who is manager of the 'Black and White.' He happened to call on the managing director of the old Bovril Company one morning,- and; began to chaff that gentleman on the evident good terms he was on with himself. "You remind me of the picture of the cat that ate the canary," he said. " I suppose this tinpot sort of business of yours must be doing very well indeed!" "Don't ye be sayin' verra much aboot the teenput beesness, ma guid fren," replied the director, " it'll tak' two guid meelliuns of your money to buy it." "Are you in earnest?" asked Mr Ross, changing his tone. He was. " Have you powerjo sell ?" He had. "And what have your profits been ?" So and so. "I'll take it under offer until to-morrow," Baid Mr Ross, and straightway he drove to Hooley, whom he knew intimately. "Hooley," he aaid, " I have bought Bovril for you for two millions." Hooley was astounded for a moment, but when he looked into the figures he confirmed the transaction. Asking about the vendor 3, he Eaid : " Are they the sort of fellowß who will come to dinner without putting on dress clothes?" Ross assured him that they were. " Then bring them here to-night, and we will fix it up." They were brought, and it was fixed up. It is only in London that such things are possible."
A good story is told by the ■• Argus' at the expense of a French ; philatelist who recently visited Melbourne. As he desired to have a complete set of the Victorian stamps at present in use he applied at the Postal Department for them, paying as the face value a not inconsiderable Bum of money. Like "many other stamp collectors he preferred to have post-marks on the stamps-, and inquired if he could be obliged in that direction. He was much pleased to find that there was no insuperable obstacle to the proceeding, and he was introduced to the mail branch, where his commission was duly attended to. But his stamps must have been handed over to a very vigorous "puncher," with a newlycharged dye pad, for when he received them back their pattern and denomination were quite indecipherable. His consternation and horror were at first beyond expression, and when he found words they were emphatic and in his native tongue. Hi 3 undoing seemed irreparable until an appeal was made in the highest official quarters, and then an order was issued that the defaced stamps should go into tho accountant's " spoil," and a new set be provided in place of them. When aaked whether he would have the second lot poßt-marked with "a little more care," he replied with alarm : " Oh, no; thank you. I will have them as they are this time."
The famous collection of pictures, armor, and other works of art left to the British nation by Lady Wallace will be vested in a special body of trustees. Besides Mr John Murray Scot'o, designated in the will as a trustee, this body includes Lord Rosebery and Mr Alfred De Rothschild. Mr Claude Phillips is appointed keeper of the'collection. The Government most wisely decided to buy the freehold of Hertford House and to make the alterations necessary for displaying the collection, at the cost of £BO,OOO. The 1 collection will not be open to the public for some months. When it is, they will realise what they hardly do now— i e., that they have received the most valuable giftevermade by an individual to a nation. At a moderate estimate the art treasures of Hertford House are said to be worth £4,000,000.
In his report for 1896 oa the trade of Paraguay, the British Consul at Asunoion mentions that the moat successful colonist* there are the Italians, Germans, and Swiss, while the English, as n rule, are the worst. A notable exception to the ruleis furnished by the founders of Cosme colony, the men being " nearly all of them Australians, and teetotallers without exoeption. They wore formerly members of the now defunct ' New Australia' colony, but owing to differences they withdrew from their old associates, and set to work to found anew colony, and to establish a new home for themselves. For over two years they have labored with praiseworthy energy and extraordinary perseverance, and their efforts, so far, have been crowned with success. The colony is now entirely self-supporting. It is able, at least, to produce all the food stuffs required. The surplus of the produce is sold, and the money used to purchase such necessaries as salt, clothes, soap, lamp oil, medicines, and cattle. AmoDg the various buildings which they have erected is a school and library—perhaps the smallest library in the world, but well stocked with books and papers. In their leisure time these sturdy settlers dance and sing, or give readings and recita-. tions, and occasionally play cricket. The working time is four and a-ualf days weekly of eight hours per day; any time worked over this is credited to theman working it. This saved up timo becomes a .means of internal exchange. A lengthy description, however, of this communal settlement hardly comes within the scope of this report, and the only observation that need be added here is that Cosmo is without a doubt one of the most, if not the most, orderly and best conducted colony in Paraguay."
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HERE AND THERE., Evening Star, Issue 10429, 25 September 1897, Supplement
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