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PERSONAL ITEMS.

Mr. asd Mrs. Gladstone intend to erect a chancel-screen in Hawarden church in memory of the late Mr. William Henry Gladstone, their eldest son.

Mr. William Beasley, gentleman jockey, who sustained injuries at the Punchestown races the other day by the fall of his horse, Ail's Well, died at Cork on May 9.

May 5 was the 66th birthday of tho Empress Eugenie, widow of Napoleon 111. Coincidently, the same date was also the anniversary of the death of the founder of the dynasty, Napoleon 1., who passed away at St. Helena just 71 years ago. M. Alexandre Dumas will, in a few days, dispose of his Paris home and most of its contents, and live hereafter at his country place at Marly. This step is said to be partly due to the ill-health of Mdme. Dumas and partly to the desire of the novelist to spend his remaining days in quiet and away from the bustle of city life. In reference to Lord Randolph Churchill's work, " Men, Mines, and Animals in South Africa," it is interesting to note that hitherto the Marlborough family has only been represented in literature by only one original work. This is the " Opinions" of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, edited by Lord Hailes from MSS., and published posthumously in 1788. A marriage has been arranged between Miss Andromache Schliemann, the charming and accomplished daughter of the late Dr. Sehliemann, celebrated for his valuable archaeological researches in Troy and Argas, and Mr. Melas, son of the Mayor of Athens and nephew of the late .Leon Melas, whose "Gerostathis" was the first book written in raodefn Greek for children on the lines of English and French educational story books.

Mendelssohn's biographer, Dr. Wilhelm Adolf Lampadius, died atLeipsic the other, day, aged 90. The deceased was a wealthy amateur who composed several excellent; pianoforte pieces, and who, in his younger days, was a close and almost confidential friend not only of Mendelssohn, but also of Robert Schumann. Shortly after the death, in 1847, of the composer of " Elijah," Lampadius undertook to write his life, and, notwithstanding its brevity and shortcomings, it is still the best biograpy of Mendelssohn that we possess. So much has been said of the late Mr. Freeman's rough and even rude side that it is pleasant to have another aspect presented. "To me, at least," writes Mr. St. Loe Strachey in Literary Opinion,' " lie was always the most delightful of companions. He did not save himself for his books, but spent the rich stores of his mind freely in conversation. He had not a trace of jealousy or of priggishness, and was willing bo listen to a young man and a learner as to the most erudite of historians. His was a warm heart, and a nature truly noble." Lord Salisbury has improved very much in appearance since his arrival at Beaulieu. The close of the session had left him much fatigued and inclined to an alarming excess of flesh, which his daily walks to the public offices did not seem to counteract. He has now lost the worn look which characterised him on his arrival, and it is evident that the effect of fresh air, sun, and rest has done him a great deal of good. Even in his retirement, however, he cannot altogether escape from work, for his villa is connected with the international telegraphic system by a private wire, and he is kept informed of everything of importance, Queen's messengers, moreover, call twice a week with despatches, which have tar be answered. ; . A few days ago, at the Registry Office, Marylebone, W., the civil marriage took place of Mr. Ernest, Scott, of London, son of the late Mr. Scott, of Northampton, and Miss Mabel Emily Besant, only daughter of Mrs Annie Besant, of 17. Avenue Road, St. John's Wood Road, N.W. ■ The bride was given away by her brother, Mr. Digby | Besant. The bride was married in a girlish gown of rich soft silk, plainly made with semi-train. She also wore a " picture hat of white straw, ornamented with ostrich plumes. There were no bridesmaids, but Miss Agnes Dyke attended the bride. Early in the afternoon Mr. and Mrs. Scott left for a short honeymoon tour preparatory to proceeding to Australia.

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PERSONAL ITEMS., New Zealand Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 8926, 9 July 1892, Supplement

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PERSONAL ITEMS. New Zealand Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 8926, 9 July 1892, Supplement

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