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OUR LONDON LETTER., Issue 10436, 4 October 1897
OUR LONDON LETTER.
London, August 20.
The death of Sir W. Jervois was the result of a carriage accident very similar co that which laid him up in South Australia some years ago. The General was stopping with friends at Bitterne Court, Hants, and on Monday afternoon went out for a drive in a dog cart with a young lady, who acted as charioteer, the coachmau occupying the back seat. The latter, whose name is Charles Earris, states that near Woolston some paper blowing about the road frightened the horse, which bolted. He snatched the reins from his seat behind, but could get no purchase, and soon found the beast was beyond control. Iu Victoria road they ran into the kerb, and Sir William was thrown out with considerable violence, his head striking against the stone. He was picked up unconscious, and removed to a neighboring house, where he was medically attended to, but died a few hours afterwards. The funeral, which takes place to-day at Virginia Water (where Sir William lived latterly with his son), will be attended by representatives of the South Australian and New Zealand Offices, and by Chief Justice Way. A straDge coincidence, which Mr W. T. Stead would probably dignify by a longer name, is reported in connection with the futal accident to Sir William Jervois. A few days before the catastrophe an eminently practical New Zealander, with no leaniugs whatever towards occultism, called on the Hon. W. P. Reeves, and, that gentleman being abroad on a holiday, had a chat with Mr Keuuaway, C.M.G. In the course of conversation the visitor remarked: ""So you have lost another of your old Governors?"' "Indeed. Who is that?" asked Mr Kennaway, surprised. " Why, Sir William Jervois, of course." "Nonsense; Sir William Jervois is not dead." " Indeed he is ; I saw it in ' The Times.' " "I am sure you must be mistaken. We should certainly have heard of it here had anything occurred." "My dear sir, I tell you I saw it in ' The Times.' Sir William met with an accident and died almost at once." "Impossible. You must have dreamt you saw it." The visitor shook his head. Three days later came the news of the ex-Gover-nor's accidental death, and Mr Kennaway read in ' The Times ' the very notice which his friend thought he had seen some time previously. SIR JULIUS ON THE JOB. Sir Julius Vogel has joined in the controversy upon the New Zealand Shipping Acts, to which the London Chamber of Shipping of the United Kingdom, through its secre-
tary, Mr Cooke, objects so strongly. In a letter to ' The Times : Sir Julius, in my humble opinion, fairly crumples up the arguments of the opponents of the Act as adduced so far, providing, of course, that the Act caunot be so interpreted as to render a vessel taking cargo to the colony, calling at say half a dozen ports to deliver the same, and picking up liuen and freight en roiite, liable to its operations. Sir Julius puts his case thus : it has been thought desirable by the colonial Government to require that all shipowners engaged in the coasting trade shall pay their crews the rate of wages current at the time in the felony. Mr Cooke contends that this law should not apply to British vessels which more or less temporarily engage iu the trade; or, in other words, he asks that the owners of these vessels should be placed at an advantage relatively to the local shipowners. It is not necessary to justify the policy of the Government in insisting on the regulation of the payment of the crews of the coasting vessels. It is due, no doubt, to its being considered that, as the employers are people of very large means, and as the business tends to a monoply, some protection to the employes is necessary. It would be cruelly unfair to make such provision, and leave the local firms at a disadvantage with respect to ships from without the colony. The coasting service within the colony, compaied with what it used to be, is a truly magnificent one. It is a boon to all persons in New Zealand, especially to those engaged in business pursuits. ■ It is doubtful if its excellence could be preserved if it were liable to disturbance by chance vessels freofrom the obligations of the local laws. The large ocean vessels coining from Great Britain and elsewhere generally visit several ports. It is not necessary for them to carry freight and passengers between those ports, but if they choose to do so they should be under the same obligations as local vessels. Mr Cooke urges that the law involves interference with contracts made outside the colony. But he must be aware that all contracts made outside a country affected must be subject to local laws, otherwise a considerable part of the laws of any country could be converted into waste paper. It
is hardly necessary to provide in a c mtract applicable to an outside country that its provisions are subject to local laws. Nothing suivly can be easier than to state in contracts with seamen of vessels visiting New Zealand that if the vessels engage in coasting trade the crews will be entitled to additious (if any) to their wages to correspond with current rates whilst such coasting trade is pursued. The captains or agents on the spot will be able, by a simple calculation, to determine whether it will be better worth their while to refuse coasting trade or to take the freight and passengers offering and pay additions (if any) to the crews' wages. It seems to me absurd to suppose that a constitutional question is raided. If lcgi>lation is necessary, which 1 do not believe, it should simply lie a provision by Parliament that any contracts entered into outside a British possession should be subject to local laws. DEATH IS HRO/.EK JIUTTO.W A case out of which the friends of the British farmors (including Mr Wingfield Digby, of "horrible diseases" fame) will make a good deal occupied the attention of the Lichfield coroner on Friday last, when he inquired into the deaths of Ethel and Nellie Baker, aged respectively niue and six, daughters of Mr William Baker, housefurnisher, who were alleged to have died as a result of poisoning from eating Australian mutton. Mr Baker, who appeared very weak and ill, said that on Saturday night he purchased a leg of mutton from a dealer in Australian meat, and that it was roasted for dinner on Sunday, when all the family —hi3 wife, himself, and five children—partook of it. They suffered no ill effects on that day, and on Monday they dined off the same joiat cold. At night all of them became ill. Mr H. M. Morgan, a surgeon, attended them, but the younger child died on Tuesday, and her sister on the next day. Dr Clark, medical officer of health, was then called in, and took the remains of the meat to Dr Alfred Hill, public analyst, of Birmingham. Medical evidence was to the effect that the deaths resulted ft om ptomaine poisoning. Mr Morgan said that ptomaines . had doveloped in the meat after it was cooked on Sunday and before it was eaten
cold on Monday. Ptomaines were >a very serious form of poison, to which weak people.and young children were peculiarly subject, but the knowledge as to them was, aa yet, in its infancy. Fortunately such cases were of rare occurrence, but ptomaines might develop in meat sold by the most scrupulous and careful butcher in existence. The jury found a verdict in accordance with thiß evidence and acquitted the butcher of blame. They recommended the doctor to make further analyses. Ptomaines, of course, may develop in any form of fleßh diet; but it is distinctly unfortunate that fche cases of ptomaine poisoning most recently brought before the public should have been traceable to Antipodean importations. In the former case frozen rabbits were found guilty, and now frozen mutton is held to blame. On the whole methinks it is well, from the Australasian producers' point of view, that the Agricultural Produce (Marks) Bill is not law. A NEW ZEAI,ANI)EE DROWNED AT TORT BANN'ATYSE. Intelligence has just been received from far R,othesay of a melancholy boating fatality which occurred in Port Bannatyne Bay, Bute, on Saturday morning last, and resulted in the death of Mr Charles Kelly,
an engineer, who had but recently returned from Wellington, New Zealand, and two of his cousins—the one a girl of and the other a comely lass just entering, womanhood. It seems that Charles Kelly, his uncle (Mr James Kelly, of the Glasgow ' Citizen'), and his cousins were spending their holidays at Port Bannatyne. At halfp*st ten on Siturday morniDg Charles hired the lugeail boat Robbie Burns, with the intention of having a run up the Kyles. He took with him hia four cousins—Mary (aged 18), Nellie (16), Maggie (12), and Janie (8). The morning was a trifle squally, and a bit out from land the sea was choppy, but there was nothing in the conditions above or below to render the expedition in the least dangerous; and, moreover, Charles Kelly had proved himself on previous excursions a capable seaman. For a time all went well, but anon the steamer Ivanhoe crossed the line of vision of those watching the boat from.the shore, and when the steamer had cleared it was seen that the little craft had capsized, and that its occupants were struggling in the water. Boats jvere put off without loss of time, and the Ann, manned by Mr Scott, of Glasgow, ajyl others were soon on the scene of the
catastrophe. In quick succession -■ the ' rescuers picked up Mary, Maggie, and Charles, but there was no trace of either little Janie or Nellie. All three rescued were unconscious"Vhen" "pulled" aboard"," Charles Kelly being in a state of extreme exhaustion. They were rapidly conveyed ashore and attended to by Drs Jamieson and Hall. The two girls were rapidly brought round, but poor Charles was too far gone for rescusitation. For two solid hours the medicos persevered iu their effort to rekindle the flame of life, but without avail. Meanwhile the search for the bodies of the missing girls had been proceeding. The sunken boat was raised at one o'clock, but though trawling nets were used all over the bay the bodies had not been fouud when sunset came on the Sunday, and the probability is that the corpses have been carried far down the coast. The cause of the accident is not clear, but probably when the boat was miking a short gybe she was filled by the wash of the steamer, which passed very close to the ill-fated craft. Charles Kelly was but twenty-six years old when death overtook him. He came Home from New Zealand a few months ago, and since his return had been employed as an engineer in the Clan Line sheds. PERSONAL. Mr H. Von Haast, who came to London for the Jubilee, intends to settle in London and to keep his "terms," probably at Lincoln's Inn, with a view to be called to the Bar here. Like many young English barristers, he is thinking of combining law aDd journalism. He has just returned from a brief visit to his mother, Lady Von Haast, at Rogatz. The latter has been residing for some months in Bucharest. She is in excellent health, and has been travelling a great deal on the Continent siDce her departure from New Zealand, meeting many old friends, amongst whom may be specially mentioned the widow of the late Professor Von Hochstetter, of Vienna. The warm friendship of the two scientific men cemented in the early days of New Zealand exploration seems to have been continued by their widows. Lidy Von Haast has also met Mrs Loughuan, her daughters, and Miss Lewis, who are settled in Rome, where Miss Beatrice Loughnan is devoting herself to music and Italian, and Miss Lswis contemplates translating some English fiction into Italian.
While travelling on the Continent the other day I ran across Colonel Clark, whose name some of the first generation of New Zealanders will probably remember, a 9 he was there at the end of the fifties and beginning of the sixties, and took part in the New Zealand war. His brother and Sir George Grey were in the same regiment in India, while his wife is related to Mr Percy Baldwin, of Wellington. The colonel, who lives at Lunning Hill, near Windsor, was interested in hearing what had become of his old friends, and by an odd coincidence we found in the hotel, and perused with some interest, an old German translation of D'Urville'a experiences in New Zealand in 1825, 182G, and 1827. Mr Spencer Von Sturmer, of Auckland, and Mra Taylor have left town for a tour on Continent, accompanied by relatives. They crossed on Monday night to Antwerp, and go thence to Rotterdam, the Rhine, and the Moselle, Mr Von Sturmer hopes to be back in September, and will remain in England through the winter—a rather risky proceeding for an elderly gentleman long accustomed to temperate climes.
Many people in New Zealand will regret to hear that Mr Stannus Jones, some time of Auckland, but now residtnt at Nice, lo3t his wife on August 10. The question of the relative sculling merits of Tom Sullivan and the Putney professional, Sam Emmett, having cropped up, the pair met a few nights ago and fixed up a match. The terms are somewhat peculiar, for' Sullivan has bound himself down to use his rowing gig Youug Tom, whilst Emmett is free to use the best boat he can find. The race is to take place over the Putney to Mortlake course on September 13, and the victor will be entitled to receive £SO from the vanquished. Mr J. H. Morton, of Auckland, who came to the Old Country a couple of years ago to complete his education as a mechanical engineer, looked in at the N.Z.P.A. the other day to tell us that he had decided to try his fortune on the goldfields of the Far North We3t. Mr Morton, soon after his arrival in England, found employment at the celebrated locomotive works of Messrs Beyer and Peacock, Manchester, and continued with that firm for a space of ten months. Since then he has been in the designing cilice of the Great Western Railway ; but having received an offer from Colonel Domville to accompany an exploratory party to the Stewart River district ha 3 decided to make a move. The expedition is, of course, in search of gold, and will be elaborately fitted out. In all, some thirty souls have been engaged, and every one is bound hand and foot for two years to the promoters of the expedition, atthe back of whom it is understood the Canadian Government stand. The party is to b2 sent out immediately so as to reach the scene of its labors ere frost and snow renders the transport of the necessary equipments impossible. Mr Morton had in addition a good offer from the Great Northern Railway of Buenos Ayres for his services in their woikshops, but though this meant five years' certain employment at a good salary, and was distinctly "an excellent opening," the attractions of Clondyke were too strong to be resisted.
Mr 3 Charles Cutten, of Tunuka, and her daughters, the Misses Mendelson, have just returned from a trip to Hamburg, the Rhine, and Paris. Miss Mendelson is at present staying in Yorkshire with Mr Greenwood, of Teviotdale, who intends to spend several years in England for his children's education. Mrs Cutten and Miss* Lena Mendelson leave in a few days for a tour round Scotland, prior to their return to South Canterbury at the beginning of October. Mr "Wally" Mendelson, the well-known athlete, is reading for his final Bar examination. When he has been called at the Inner Temple, he purposes, on his way back to his native land, visiting Afiioa, where he should find full scope for his sporting propensities.
Mr B. E. Todhunter is acting as manager of West'a patent type - setting machine, which is being rapidly adopted all over the Empire.
Mr Wally Edwards, who is in partnership with Mr Chyaoweth as exporters, is engaged to be married to a lady residing near Lowestoff.
At Guy's Hospital Stanley Batohelor has now passed his final, F. G. Gibson his second conjoint, aDd A. H. E. Wall (of Wellington) his preliminary scientific (in 2nd division) for the M.8., London. Norman Williams won the lawn tennis championship of Guy's, while F. G. Gibson came out second in the handicap shooting match at the hospital. Mr Percy Hind Ward, who has been in England for the last two years acting as London representative of Hind, Ward, and Co., of Christchurch, tells me that he returns to the colony' in the course of next month. Messrs Hind, Ward, and Co. have through his efforts acquired several important agencies for American and other cycle companies, including the rights to sell and manufacture in New Zealand the " Sociable" bicycle made for two.
Mr Leo Buller is payicg a visit to Sir Thomas Stoney at Nantyr Hall, Chirk (N. 8.).
Mr and Mrs Strang, of Wellington, are staying at Heath Hill House, Blackheath. Major Sommerville, who leaves to-day by the Mataura, called on the Agent-General last Wednesday to say good-bye to Mr Reeves and Mr Kennaway, and to render acknowledgments for all the helpful courtesies received at their bands. One hears of the perfections of Bishop Julius on every hand. The pains he took to see the fneuds of his friends, and especially of his fellow-workers in New Zealand, was really remarkable. Before leaving the colony on a trip Home people promise readily enough to go and visit the relations of Brown, Jones, and Robinson, but very seldom indeed are suchpledgeß redeemed. The tourist nine times out of ten finds he ha 3 undertaken more than he can conveniently and inexpensively perform, so he just writes a note how sorry he is that he cannot look up Jones's aunt Matilda or Robinson's brother Sam. • The bishop was deluged with invitations, but I would wager none of the friends of his friends were treated in this fashion. I heard of hia spending one long half-day going down into
Mr Marriott Watson, who is again devoting himself to literature, will spend his holidays at the Isle of Wight, whither he goes in a day or two with his talented wife and small son Dick, who is a miniature replica of his sire. Mr Frank Watson is touring the provinces successfully with a melodrama of his own composition, which has held the boards for a year. MrF. G. Andrews, who has been verv successful as a "coach," is, I hear on good authority, engaged to Miss Lily Kimbell. The latter's father (Mr F. G. Kimbell) is living at Knowle, in Warwickshire, a small estate to which he succeeded on the death of his brother.
Mr G. J. Greenstreet, of Coxon and Greenstreet, is staying during the dull season with his relations' in Scotland. On his way Home he made a careful investigation of the freezing works and system of refrigeration in Buenos Ayres. Since his arrival in London Mr Greenstreet has been studying the frozen meat trade and cool storage in the United Kingdom.
Mr W. Maclean, of Wellington, availed himself of Mr Montgomery's companionship' and experience of the gay city on their visit to Paris to enter into negotiations with a motor car manufacturer, and has been appointed sole agent in New Zealand for the new method of locomotion. I believe that he intends importing into New Zealand some of the machines which are very largely used in Paris, although they have nob yet made much headway in conservative England. As an old miner Mr Maclean has been taking considerable interest in the Clondyke goldfields, and should be able to speak with some authority on the prospects there when he r jturns to Wellington. The news that Mr J. Havelock Wilson, M.P. for Middleborough, and the only true friend of the British seamen, is going to pay a visit to Australia, will, I am sure, be received with joy by the gentlemen whose good fortune it is to have money at stake in the shipping trade of the Antipodes. Mr Wilson hopes to leave for Sydney in November, and I learn with some" surprise that it will not b« his first voyage to Australia, he having, according to a contemporary, made two or three trips thither when " before the mast." Till reading this statement I had always imagined that Mr Wilson's practical acquaintance with shipping matters was gaiued during that period of bis life when he ran a seamen's lodging-house at Hull, and whilst he was general secretary to the National Amalgamated Sailors and Firemen's Union. I suppose one ought really to give some particulars of the career of so distinguished a visitor to the colonies, but in view of the fact that the "Sailors' Friend" strongly objects to newspaper references to certain of the main incidents in his life, and has a particularly keen nose for libellous paragraphs, I prefer to refer the curious amongst your readers to the files of the shipping journal ' Fairplay' for the past five or six years. A search in the files of the ' Evening News' for the year 1892 (I think) might also help to a proper appreciation of Mr Wilson's long campaign in the service of our merchant Beaman and of his claim to be reckoned among the eminent financiers of the Victorian era,
OUR LONDON LETTER., Issue 10436, 4 October 1897
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