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OUR LONDON LETTER., Issue 10453, 25 October 1897
OUR LONDON LETTER.
ANGLO-COLONIAL NOTES. London, September 10. THE RANGATIRA MISHAP. You will have received intimation by cable of the breakdown which brought the outward voyage of the Shaw, Savill steamer Rangatira to an abrupt termination before she had reached Teneriffe. The mishap would not have been particularly serious had the delinquent tail shaft broken within reach of a port with facilities for docking and discharging cargo, for the Shaw, Savill steamers all carry spare parts. But at Teneriffe there are no such facilities, and all Captain Burtou could do was tckanchor in the roadstead and cable Home for instructions. In due course lie was notified that the directors were of opinion that he had better stay where he was pending the arrival of the homeward-bound Pakqha, which would tow him back to London. Meanwhile the port-master, or whatever that important functionary is styled, at Teneriffe had got wind of the fact that the Rangatira had on board sufficient explosive matter to produce a considerable seismic disturbance in her immediate neighborhood if by chance the requisite incentive were supplied. So he approached Captain Burton, and the following dialogue ensued: — The Port-master: I hear, sure, you have considerables of dynamite and oder explo3ifs on your ships! ZZZZ Captain Burton : Ye?. —«— The Port-master : Zen it iss not possibles that you stay here. You most go. Captain Burton (smiling): But I can't go, my dear sir. My shaft's broken, and The Port-master (emphatically): Den I most too™ you avuy. Captain Burton (laughing): But you haven't a tug in the place that would shift my boat. The Port-master (also laughing): No, not von, but dere half a dozen leedle ones, and toy can do it togezzers. Captain B.: But, my dear, just think! My ship is helpless, aud if you tow me out farther I shan't be aide to anchor—shall be, in fact, a derelict. There's no earthly danger " . The Port-master (with decision): I can't help dat. You must <jn. And off he went. Captain Burton's position was not a nice one, for he had either to throw overboard a valuable cargo or be towed out to sea. As most seafaring men know, the bed of the ocean just off the Teneriffe roadstead shelves precipitately to unknown depths, and to anchor in this region is impossible. Happily the captain was not forced to a decision, for whilst the port-master was getting together his towing force the Pakeha was sighted, and soon after took the Rangatira in tow, to the great relief of the guardian angel of Teneriffe and of Captain Burton also. The fear of the former was rather ridiculous, for, even if the Rangatira had blown up,' the distance 'twixt her and the shore -was great enough to destroy the terrors of the explosion for the inhabitants of Teneriffe, and there were no ships lying near the liner. A >"EW ZEALAND NOBLEMAN. Mr Augustus Arthur Perceval, who has just inherited a seat in the. House of Lords, several titles, a sumptuous estate, 35,000 acres of splendid land, and half a million of money, by the death of his cousin, the Earl of Egmont, was born at Papanui (Canterbury), and is understood to be related to the late Agent-General of the colony. He has always been very much of a rolling stone—roving here, there, and everywhere, and not gathering a great deal of moss. His lordship married one of the graceful and discreet damsels who assist .in lubricating the public larynx at the refreshment bars of Spiers and Pond. The union did not, however, result happily, and some time ago the pair separated. Mr Perceval left New Zealand at a comparatively early age, and was for a year or so a cadet on board the Worcester. He did not, however, take kindly to discipline, and drifted 11 to Bea before the mast. After several voyages to Australia and New Zealand on merchantmen, the young man obtained a Becond mate's certificate. He then decided that he " never was meant for the sea," and in 1881 joined the London Fire Brigade. " The new earl," Baid one of his comrades at Southward to a reporter, " was alwaya a rattling good fellow, but he never had any chance of doing good work in saving lives. That, of course, is always a matter of luck in our work to a great extent. He was stationed at Southwark for about a year, and then was shifted in the ordinary routine to Kennington. He resigned and left the force early in Febiuary, 1887, having applied for and obtained the position of hallkeeper at the new Town Hall, Chelsea, and his record of service, signed by Sir Eyre Massey Shaw, says : «DuriDg the period of Perceval's'service his conduct has been on the whole satisfactory.' We lost the run of him after that, but we heard that
there was a bit of a riot at a political meeting at the hall, and'that Gussy's fire brigade experience coming to his hand he got a hydrant to work and swamped the rioters, both sides alike. Then he invested in some cement works, and "that was the last we heard of him." '• While the new earl was in the brigade," said another fireman, who had been "cronies" with him, "his uncle, the late earl, took a good deal of interest in him, and at Christmas-time used to inquire of the old chief how he was going on. The answer was generally satisfactory, and then the earl used to come down handsomely and Gussy was in funds for a while. But, as a rule, it was a pretty hard pull up the hill for Mr and Mrs Perceval, for they only go? married in the year Gus joined us, and that was a love match." I'ERSOXAL NOTES. When the Rev. Wm. Ready left New Zealand some months ago a Dunedin friend wrote apprising me of his sailing and commending him to my "good offices." But Mr Ready never turned up to put me to the test, nor did he write to explain his reason for not calling till the beginning of the current week. I only knew that he was "still alive and kicking" by sundry small paragraphs in certain religious and temperance journals of which I am a diligent student. Prom the New Zealander's letter I gather that he was in London during the Jubilee junketings and did a lot of sightseeing, corrected only by one appearance in the pulpit. This was at the Forest Hill Chapel, and there Mr Ready met a man who had been converted three years ago in the Garrison Hall, Dunedin. Since leaving the City of Sin and Sorrow the rev. gentle" man has been to Wales, Cornwall, and Davon, and has attended the Bible Christian Conference and spoke at the missionary meeting presided over by Chief Justice Way. The C inference has asked Mr Ready to preach and lecture for four months throughout the Connexion for the express purpose of raising £1,700 to clear off the debt of the Missionary Sjciety. Mr Ready has consented to do his best, and starts his campaign at Penzance and will wind up in the Channel Islands. He anticipates clearing £2O for the society on each lecture, and, as he seems to have the power of extracting donations (he got £l4O for the society whilst speaking at Exeter), he will probably yet achieve the object of his tour. Iu concluding his letter Mr Ready says: "Kindly let ihe Dunedin people know I'm alive and kicking. I urn hoping to see them again at the end of March next. I have not seen anything equal to Dunedin yet, and certainly not anything to surpass it. The Bible Christian Conference would be glad if I could see my way to stop in England, but New Zealand still has charms for me. She is the brightest and best colony in the 'British .Empire."
Mr J. H. Morton, of Auckland, who, when I saw him a fortnight back, was premeditating a descent on Clondyke, has on maturer ■consideration abandonedjfthat idea in favor ■of an appointment that he has received in Buenos Ayrea. For the position of engineer with the Yukon and Stuart River Exploration Company he informs me that there were no less than 300 applicants, and, although he was chosen in the four who would have a chance of being picked should it be decided to take an engineer from England, the fact that it waa improbable" that a start would be made before spring made Mr Morton accept the appointment in South America. He will leave shortly. ■ Bishop Grimes has lengthened his stay in the pie isant neighborhood of Richmond, so that whereas he proposed a week's visit it has extended almost into a fortnight. He is, however, due back in London to-morrow when he will again be the guest of the Church of Notre Dame de France, close to Leicester square. Bishop Grimes will, of course, take part in the Roman Catholic pilgrimage to Ebbsfleet next Tuesday in ■commemoration of St. Augustine's landing in England. This pilgrimage, like the great function at the Oratory in Jubilee week,
will be one of the most imposing ceremonies that the Roman Catholic Church has celebrated in this country since the Reformation. The procession will comprise the religious orders, including the Franciscans, the Dominicans, the Benedictines, the Servites, the Oratorians, the Oblates of Mary, and the Oblates of St. Charles Borromeo. Secular priests, corresponding to the parochial clergy of the Anglican Church, will be by far the greater number of those taking part, however. Dr Fooks, of Dunedin, returned from a trip to Scotland last week. He left London about a week after the Jubilee to spend three days with friends near Edinburgh. They, however, persuaded him to go with them to Oban, and the proposed three days were extende.l to six weeks. Of this time four wcieks were spent in the charming scenery of the Western Highlands, inoluding a week's yachting cruise round Skye. Dr Fooks has quite got over the insomnia which caused him to take the trip Home, and this happy result he attributes largely to his Scottish excursion. "I have not been in/ such good form for years," said the doctor, and his looks give no one cause to.doubt this statement. Although he has not definitely booked his passage yet, Dr Fooks returns to New Zealand via Australia at the close of the present month or the beginning of October. The time intervening 'twixt thi3 aud then the doctor will spend for the most part in looking round the London hospitals and visiting friends in the metropolis. By the Ormuz, which arrived at the end of last month, Mr Frederick H. Hobbs, the well-known baritone singer, of Christchurch, was a passenger. He arrived in the middle of the "dead" season, and has not been able to decide yet under whom he will study. He has numbers of musical friends on this side, however, and expects by the close of the month to settle this matter.
By the same steamer Mr Jaak Baillie, the well-known artist, returned from a visit to his people in Wellington. He is in excellent health, and has settled down to work again. It is his intention to settle permanently in England.
Mr G. Sim, of Wellington, also arrived by the Ormuz on a pleasure trip of six or eight months' duration. He left London last week on a visit to relatives in Scotland.
Dr Cowie preached on Sunday evening at the parish church, Southwold, to a very large congregation. He took for his text: "God is not the God of confusion, but of peace" (1 Corinthians, xiv., 33), and ba-ed thereon a powerful plea for peace and harmony in the church. A clerical friend of mine who is staying at Southwold described the bishop's discourse as " uncommonly broad, and full of true Christian feeling." Dr Bulau, who was for a time German master at the Dunedin High School, has been up in town holiday making, and ran across Mr Frank Armstrong the other afternoon. Pr Bulau is now teaching at the Royal Grammar School, Sheffield. Mr Armstrong has taken rooms in Chancery lane, and settled down in London till November. Mr R. H. Leary and Miss Learv, of Dunedin, bring their visit to the Old Country to a close this week, sailing for home via Australia by the Victoria to-day. Mr A. E. Greenaway, who is well known in New Zealand as a prominent member of Brough and Boucicault's Comedy Company, is playing lead in « The Girl I Left Behind Me' Company, which Messrs Gatti, of the Adelphi, sent on tour.
Sir John Hall has been during the past week on a driving tour through Essex with friends ; but the weather, to say the least of it, has hardly been all that could be desired. Sir John returns to town to-day, but leaves almost at once for the country again. lam pleased to be able to chronicle the fact that Lady Hall's health has improved very cousiderably since she arrived in England with Sir John some months ugo. They leave on their return to tho cclony on October 25. Some doubts appear to exist as to the identity of Mr W. E. Payne, of New Zealand, who died in St. Tnomas's Home last week. Mr Alfred O'Brien, who came to England in the same ship as the deceased, said that he gave out that he was treasurer of the Auckland City Council. Recent arrivals from the colony, however, aver that the official in question was well and at work there when they left. The effects of the deceased do not yield enlightenment, and MrO'Brien has applied to the Agent-General's office for assistance in identification. [lt is passing strange that the identity of the deceased should ever "have been questioned, as he was well known to many Aucklanders resident in London.—Ed. E.S.] Sir Everett Millais, the eldest son of the late Sir John Millais, who died suddenly on Wednesday at his house at Shepperton, was several years back well known in both Australia and New Zealand to a number of people. I met him in Auckland about ISBI, and he had then been a rolling stone in the oolonies for a considerable time. Sir Everett was an enthusiastic dog fancier, and after his return Home became a leading light of the kennel world. He was also an artist of considerable capacity, and his volume of South African sketches eive an excellent idea of the denizens of the Veldt. The baronet possessed an iron constitution, and only contracted the malady which carried him off a week ago. It Beems that he got very wet while in London on Wednesday of last week, and on returning to Shepperton sat for a long time in his damp clothes. He was seldom unwell and somewhat negligent in such matters, and it was not until late in" the evening that he was induced to go to bed. During the following morning he appeared very ill, and a medical friend who came down from London on a visit urged him to take advice. Consequently Mr Simmonds, a local practitioner, wa3 called in, and he stated that Sir Everett was suffering from pneumonia. On Tuesday morning last the doctor found his patient apparently much better, and left him reading a paper and . smoking a cigarette. Directly after this, however, his temperature rose rapidly, and he was seized with a fainting fit, from which, despite the efforts of a professional nurse, he never recovered. The Prince of Wales has sold a number of Southdown ewes out of his flock at Saodriogham for exportation to New Zealand.
The report of the Board of the Northern Investment Company of New Zealand for the year ended June 30 states that the net revenue amounted to £10,278. A dividend of 8 per cent, is declared, £1,739 placed to reserve, and £BO6 is carriel forward. A !u m .i 0 i f3 ' 2GO 'eceived in premiums upon the debenture stock is also carried to the reserve, which will then amount to £60,000. lhe company has no property in hand, and practically the whole of the interest falling due m the past year was paid prior to the closing of the accounts. The new Shaw-Savill cargo steamer the Delphic, which has done a couple of voyages to America since leaving her builders hand?, commences her first voyage to New Zealand on September 30 She will, of course, be the biggest cargo boat engaged 'twixt England and the antipodes, and when loaded down to her marks draws full 31ft. When being docked on her last trip from the States she stuck fast in the lock of the Royal Albert Docks, and part of her cargo—slate and grain mainly—had to be taken out of her before she could be berthed. THE DUKE OF YORK. When times are particularly dull and the London correspondent of the big provincial daily is at his wits' end how to make use of " our special wire " he invariably'falls back on the "probable colonial tour of the Duke and Duchess of York." The latest culprit is the Manchester |' Guardian' man, who came out on Wednesday with the following:— '
It is announced that before leaving Eugland on his return to Canada, Sir Wilfrid LaTiriei ex- ? Ir Cha mberlam and one of the holier, officials at court the hope that either the TWhLn IPnncess of Vales or the Duke and Twf£ ■ of 7 ork m^ ht see thei r wav to visit the P,?il.o™ ™X aa unl *ely that the Prince and lonf fnnr C n°pJ d + i be Persuaded to undertake such a that the riM^v^l e * ve S?' rea ? n t0 sul, P°se J? Si™ then about to be made of the Duke and Duchess of York to Ireland would be followed by visits to the Canadian Dominion and other distant parts of the Empire. This is a perfectly safe paragraph which no one can well contradict. Really, of course, the alleged tour has not been seriously discussed since last "interesting domestic circumstances necessitated its abandonment. It does not, I may point out, require much prescience to understand that there is not now the faintest chance of the Prince and Princess of Wales visiting 'Australia and New Zea-
land, and that even the probabilities of the Duke and Duchess of York doing so are for obvious reasons very remote.
OUR LONDON LETTER., Issue 10453, 25 October 1897
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