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London, September 4. PERSON AL-AND GENERAL.

A writer in the ‘Daily Mail’ gossips cheerily on the subject of" 'Celebrities in Duplicate,’ and his article is illustrated with photographs of well-known gentlemen who, he avars, might pass for twins, including the Hon. R. J. Saddon; whose “double” is Mr VV. Ambrose, M I 1 ~'and the Hon. W. P. Reeves, in whom the ‘ Daily Mail * man finds a remarkable facial resemblance to MrSetonKarr, M.P. It is an old saying that no two pairs of eyes see alike, and I really must confers that I fail to find any grounds for the statement that Mr Scddon and Mr Ambrose or Mr Reeves and the member for St. Helens would “pass for twins.” Beyond the fact that he has a beard turning grey like your Premier, Mr Ambrose bears, to my mind, no resemblance to Mr Seddon cither in face or person, and I’m sure anyone who knows Mr Reeves and his alleged “ double ” in the flesh would have to be something more than “ half seas over ” to mistake the one for the other—back, side, or front view. I don’t think even a policeman would be capable of taking the Hon. W. P. Reeves for Mr Karr, and, as you know, they can find striking resemblances where other people can oaly find strong differences. Last Friday week, during the witching luncheon hour, a gentleman called at the N Z P. A. and left this laconic message for mo: “Mr Massey’s dead and buried.” This was the first intimation I received of the sudden death of Mr .iV. H. Massey, of Auckland, who came to England about eight months ago with Mr F. A. White in connection with mining matters. Not many weeks ago Mr Massey called upon me to tel! mo that he had arranged for the flotation of a Um ted liability company to take over the plant and goodwill of Messrs Bycroft, the Aucklandmillers and bisouitmakers. It seems that a few days after this visit Mr Massey, whose system was somewhat run down by reason of his labors in the financial arena, caught a severe cold. He went to Southport to recruit, but whilst there Mrs Massey became dangerously ill with pneumonia. She recovered, but her husband, after. an apparent victory over his ailment, was attacked with the same disease. He seemed, however, to be gradually getting the better of his enemy, and actually sent a cable to the colony announcing the date of hia return. That day a relapse occurred, and before night a telegram was received in London to say that Mr Massey had departed this life. He was buried at Southport a couple of days later in a grave alongside that in which his mother sleeps. Mrs Massey and her young family aro still at Southport, and their return to the colony is at present uncertain.

i Tile secretary of the Royal Humane Society of Australasia has wiitten to Mr W. J. Stratton, the New Zealand 220 yds swimming champion, informing him that at a court of directors, held in Melbourne on July 21, the honorary bronze medal was awarded to him for his humane exertions in, as Stratton puts it, “ fishing a fellow out of the sea” at New Brighton, Christchurch, on the morning of January 12 last. The new Commissioner of Police in New Zealand (ex-inspector J, B. Tunbridge, of Scotland Yard) is a passenger by the lonic, which left London on Thursday, and sails from Plymouth to-day for the colony, A number of his friends were at the station to wish him bon coywje, and success in his new appointment. Mr Tunbridge is accompanied by his wife and daughter. Mr R. G. Horton and Mr F. Wilson, of Auckland, have just returned to London after a visit of some weeks’ duration to Scotland. They have been doing in a thorough manner both the highlands and lowlands, and were very pleased with the scenery—a fact no doubt due to its bearing a resemblance in parts to many of the beautiful spots in the colony. As far as one can judge during a casual conversation, they have escaped without acquiring a very pronounced Scotch accent.

A New Zealander, hailing from the North Island, dropped in at the New Zealand Press Association the other day, and related a rather good story illustrative of the smallness of this world of ours. According to his narrative he met in Lockerbie, a small town on the .Scottish side of the border, a cousin hailing from Hartford, United States of America, and another cousin, who is a tea planter in Assam. This was without any arrangement for a meeting being made, and the parties were entirely ignorant of each other’s movements till they met in Lockerbie. In company with a Scotch cousin the strangely-met trio adjourned to a photographers, and each one now possesses a sun picture verifying, at least, one part of the above story. The Hon. C. G. Bowen, Mr G. M. Bowen, and Mr and Mrs Pat Campbell and family, of Canterbury, are making their preparations for leaving EngUnd after their few mouths’ stay. They propose returning home o,v way of Australia, eud sail from 'Marseilles on the 12th Inst, in the Measagerie Maritiraes liner Australiea.

Mr and Mrs Herbert Le Gren, of Dunedin, and Mr D. Le Cron, of Canterbury, intend leaving for New Zealand in October. Their berths are taken by the Villo de la Ciotat, which sails from 'Marseilles on the 10th pros.

The marine superintendent of the Shaw, Savill and Albion Company in New Zealand (Captain R. Anderson) was to leave today by the lonic for the colony. Bishop Grimes, of Christchurch, arrived in London last week from Dublin, having spent several days in the Irish capital on arrival from America. His sojourn in (he “ City of Sin, Sweat, and Sorrow was of the briefest, for after spending two or three days as the guest of the Marist Fathers, who run L’Eglhe de Notre Dame de France in Leicester place, Bishop Grimes left town for Richmond. Early next week he returns to London, bat only expects to stay a couple of days before commencing his return journey to the colony.

Mr W. Wiggins, of Wellington, who with ms son and daughter came to England early in the spring of the year and has since been touring in the Old Country, Scotland, and Ireland, has now decided to return to the colony by way of Australia. He leaves London on September 10 by the P. and 0. steamer Victoria.

The Rev. J. C. Chapman, of the Wesleyan Church at Balclutha, who, with Mrs Chapman, came over in May last, has spent most of his time at Home in the provinces, and now goes for a month or so to the Channel Islands. He will not leave Europe until the end of the year, and on his outward journey intends to spend a few weeks in Tasmania. Both he and Mrs Chapman have enjoyed the best of health whilst in the Old Country, and confess to having had a most pleasant time.

Mr_J. W. Dawson, of Auckland, who is studying medicine and surgery at Westminster Hospital, has carried off the President’s pr;zs (value twenty guineas) for second year subjects. Mr J. Banbury is still detained in town by the mining case which has been occupying his attention for some time past. The case, which I have previously referred to, is one respecting the amount to be paid certain parties in connection with the flotation of the Albion mine. Judgment was given acme weeks ago, but plaintiffs have again given notice of appeal, so the litigation, which has been going on close on twelve months, is apparently not at an'end yet. As the Long Vacation is now on this new development will probably detain Mr Banbury in England till November. I am told that Mr H. V. Perry, an old Thames resident who has been in London two months, has brought the mining business which was the object of his visit to a happy issue. He has succeeded in placing a West Coast sluicing claim with a strong syndicate. Mr Perry left last Saturday for America, and will journey leisurely across to San Francisco, where he will catch the Mariposa on September 16. Clondyke gold fever has smitten at least one old New Zealand miner. Mr Herne, who was manager of the Tokatea Hill mine some years ago, left, London en route for the British Columbian field.

L'wl' Saturday Me Samuel Hetherington, of the Thaine-v left Liverpool for New York. He joins the Mariposa at San Francisco, and oxfests to be back in Auckland about October 7. As yet I have not come across anyone hailing from the Thames who has nob made the visit to England mainly on mining business, and Mr Hetherington is no

exception to the rule. I understand that negotiations in connection with the mining property ho was dealing with wore not completed before his departure. By the will of the late Sir David Hunter Blair, who died in October last, £5,000 is to be paid to the trustees of the marriage settlement of his daughter, the Countess of Glasgow. , Mr Buchanan, a well-known English owner of racehorses, is stated to have made up his mind to spend some months touring in the island colony and Australia during the ensuing winter. Dr W. A. Chappie and Dr Moric®, who left London a couple of weeks ago to attend the public health lecture of the Medical Congress in Moscow, finished their labors at that city on Thursday week last, and went on to St. Petersburg, where they spent a couple of days sightseeing. From the Russian capital they made their way to Stockholm, and thence to Copenhagen, To-day they should be iu Christiania, and, all being well, should be back in England before the mail goes out next week. Whilst in Russia they enjoyed tho privilege of free conveyance on the railways—a concession made to all delegates to the Conference at Moscow by the Russian Government. I hear that the Pacific Cliffs mine lus bsen taken up by a Glasgow syndicate, who intend to develop the property and float off portions thereof as separate companies. Mr J. M. Harmer, who has just been appointed manager for New Zealand of the Trust and Agency Company of Australasia in place of Mr Blakiston, retired, is recuperating at Welfield, Salop, after a severe illness.

Mr T. K. Sidey, of Dunedin, looked in at the office after a very pleasant trip through a portion of Scotland and the South of Ireland, having been much impressed with the beauties of the scenery. He is off to Bavaria for six weeks, where he intends to study the working of the German sanatoria with a view to the possible establishment of a similar institution in Central Otago, where the climatic conditions somewhat resemble those of Bavaria.

Mr G. G. Stead and his family, all of whom looked very fib, left last week via the Continent to join their steamer, the China, on their return journey to New Zealand. I understand that Mr Gibbs, of the New Zealand Shipping Company, and his wife are also returning by the same boat. Mr Ranald Macdonald, of Christchurch, is in London again after a brief visit on business to Brussels, Paris, and Ostend. He has been taking considerable interest in the motor car Industry, and was one of the first in London to patronise the electric cabs which are now in the streets for hire. At the Ostend races he took the opportunity of comparing the operation of the parimutuel with the working of the totalisator on the New Zealand courses. His verdict is strongly in favor of the colonial machine, which he says is more efficiently conducted and more extensively patronised. Lady Vogel presented the prizes at the Molesey regatta last Saturday. The programme comprised some uovel and amusing features, including a coracle race, Canadian canoe scramble in costume, Victorian era race, and an aquatic “ Rush to Clondyke.” Dr Bulau, erstwhile lecturer on French and German at the Otago University, is now master of those languages at the Royal Grammar School, Sheffield, and has for a •colleague the Rev. A. B. Haskm, the brother of Professor F. W. Haslam, of Canterbury College. Miss Marie Bulau, one of the earliest poets of the ‘ Otago University Review,’ has been contributing verses from time to time to the ‘ Idler.’ Literary sketches from her sister Swanhilda have also appeared in the same magazine. That Lord Onslow has not forgotten his sojourn in Maoriland is evident from a portrait in last week’s ‘ Sketch ’ of his bonny little son, the Hon. Victor Alexander Herbert Huia, dressed as a Maori chief in a cloak of feathers, wearing in his cap the sign of chieftainship, the huia feathers, and holding firm in his determined little fists a greenstone mere.

Mr F. fi. Buirae of Auckland, is travelling on the Continent, and intends visiting Berlin and Vienna.

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OUR LONDON LETTER, Issue 10441, 9 October 1897, Supplement

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