HOW ENGLISH JUDGES AMUSE THEMSELVES.
When one considers' that the,ay,erage age of the judges of the English Supreme Court, is considerably over 60years, it is surprising that so many of thejm' seek their recreation in forms of physical exercise usually associa-' ted with youth, and. activity^. .'- ' ' ■'.';", Perhaps the most; active and. energetic bl all rher Majesty's judges is Sir Alfred Wills, whose trim, lithe figure clear complexion, and keen eyes lend little support to the. fact that he has almost reached his 70th year! Sir Alfred was one of the pioneers of alpine : climbing; and there are few peaks amoirg the High Alps which he has not scaled. For the last 40 years, since he helped to found the famous Alpine Club, he'arid his al-' penstock have looked down on the world from all the most perilous peaks in Switzerland. His passion for climbing is evident even, in the name of his pied a terre in Haute Savoie, which he appropriately calls. "Thai Eagle's Nest." ;.'•.-: Not far behind Mr Justice Wills in point of activity is his .judicial. brother of the Queen's Bench Division, Sir William Gran.th'atn. Sir William, in spite, of his! long years in courts, has all the instincts and appearance even of a country squire, and is happier witli his horses and dogs at Barcombe Place than in scarlet and ermineon the bench. He has a positive' passion for hcrse-riding, and may.be seenany;morning, with, square, erect figure arid keen face, .riding along the Embankment on the way to the courts. He has few equals, even among younger men. over a stiff bit of country, and seldom fails to be "in at the death*" His trophies of /'brushes," which he shows with x>ardonable pride to Idsguests" a(?'TSSrcombe Place, are a convincing tribute to his skill as a huntsman.. ' ' ':';■■'■■: * , ■•■ .='•■ Mi- Justice Day is almost a grotesque contrast to Sir William, to whom, however, ■ he would not yield "in his love' of' a:horsei He has none of his brother judge's.aptitude f«>r horsemanship ; and with coat-tails flying and body inclined at an angle of 45deg. fca his horse, he risks much of the dignity of his position when he indulges in a morning canter.". ■"'■ ' ' ■ ' l! < , Sir Arthur Kekewich,'in spite' pf' his '•■ 65 ' years, is a model of middle-aged activity.1 Tall, wiry, and athletic, he is a worthy son of Devonshire squires. Sir Arthur makes a point of spending -no more time ml town than his judicial and social duties demand, and may often be seen, happy as an emancipated schoolboy, at a London terminus with fishing-basket on his back' or golf-clubs'in his hand, waiting to be whisked away into the country he loves so well. His present pacsion is for golf, which he, perhaps, plays. with more enthusiasm than skill, and he )V immensely popular on the links of St. George and Woking Golf Clubs. Sir Ford North may, without disrespect, be styled the most bucolic of our judges. He has much of the appearance and more of the tastes of a farmer ; and is happier on the moors, or by a trout stream, than in a court of equity. ' * ; Sir Robert Romer, although nearinc 60, is. as devoted to athletic exercises as ,wh,eri he qualified as senior wrangler 35 years' ago.1; He is the cycling member of the bench ; but he loves equally well a pull on the river with his friend. Lord Justice Chitty/>:Sir Robert, and his brother judge, Sir James Stirling, are splendid physical examples of senior wranglers, and prove conclusively that the culture of the, intellect is compatible with cultivation, of the muscles. Sir Jamea Stirling, however, has • never shown much taste for athletics,. and still 1 studies science and mathematics as diligently as when ho was reading for his Smith's prize. Lord Justice Chitty and Lord' Macnaghten could stilT make a goodlight for their respective universities on the Thames. • Sir Joseph Chitty is: the hero 6f three brave struggles for tixford, and Lord' Macnaght&i rowed twice for Cambridge ; and even -now, when the "allotted span" is at its'close',;they can botli pulkan oar which would shame many a man half their age. '.' ; '.i :i Sir Gainsfprd Bruce, as beoonies an admiralty lawyer, is devoted to his yacht, in which he loves to blow away the cobwebs of the courts. Sir Charles Darling is/a member of the Beaufort Hunt, and his light weight and skill in riding keep liim well up in tKe first night over the fenc'esV . ' Mr Justice Channell "was, in his younger days, a magnificent oar, and won many trophies on the river. For the last 20 years he lias been an enthusiastic yachtsman. : Mr Justice Byrne has emulated.Sic Robert Reiner in faking to cycling arid golf,'sports which Mr Justice Ridley also favours. Sir Henry Hawkins finds his passion for the turf as keen as ever at 80; and it is difficult to imagine any conditions under- which he ■ would npt.be a spectator of one of the classic races.-.VA'" ; v ' ':;■■< j>':;"%i' !•:"■*''"■■.'■
— There are nearly 3000 stitches in a pah of hand sown boots. — Artificial logs and arms were in use in Egypt as early as 8.6 v 700. They were made by the priest?, who were the physicians of that early time. — The yellow-and-red Spanish flag is the oldest of any used by the European Powerß, as it wa3 first flown in 1785. The French tricolour was first used in 1795, the red English ensign, with the present Union Jack in the upper canton, in 1801, the present Italian flag in 1848, the present Austro-Hungnrinn flag in 1867, and the German flag in 1871. The Stars and Stripes of the United States is older than any of these, as it was adopted in 1777, and the only (alteration it has undergone has been the addition of a new- star "whenever a new State has been added to the Union. . . ' .. : '. — England is a highly civilised country, with centuries of culture, witji iingrained habits of investigation, shrowd at bargaining, - rich in aphorisms .of" wordly wisdom," :with. hundreds of newspapers, and millions of books,'' and lens of thousands of schools; and yet, with all this background of history, and all this mighty apparatus of knowledge, we, all know that, once a popular delusion is started, it will race through the land like flarao over; a prairie, claiming millions as its victims. The most superficial ghost stories are greedily swallowed, the alloged healing powers of some quack, if sufficiently advertised. 'mS--!5"~5V£&« —Snectatoc
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HOW ENGLISH JUDGES AMUSE THEMSELVES., Otago Daily Times, Issue 11307, 28 December 1898
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