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Men and Women.

Sir J. G. Ward leaves Wellington for England on January 26th. He expects to reach New Zealand again on June 28, a few days after the opening of Parliament. The celebrated “nigger minstrel,” Mr Lechmere Charles John Livcrmore, one of the three brothers Livermore, left estate of the gross value of £13,807, with net personality ’£l2, 780. Miss Ann Owen, the oldest Sunday School teacher in Great Britain, died recently at Warwick. She was in her 95th year, and had taught regularly at the local Congregational Sunday School for the last eightytwo years. Mr William Le Quoux, the novelist, is an ardent motorist, travelling mostly on the Continent. Last year he drove his 40 h.p. “Napier’-’ over 25,000 miles in France, Germany, 'Austria, Italy, and England, and is . a recognised authority upon the Continental roads. Though a careful driver, he had an exciting experience (says a writer in Cassell’s Magazine) while travelling across the Maremma marshes between Pisa and Rome in autumn. In the dusk he was going at very high speed along a straight road towards a long bridge over which he had passed many times. Every inch of the road was wellknown to him. Suddenly, as he shot up the slope to the bridge he saw the open river before him. The bridge had been swept away by a flood ! He managed to pull up within a foot of the bank, otherwise there would have been an accident that must have been fatal. Miss Dorothea Beale, LL.D., who had been principal of the Ladies’ College at Cheltenham for nearly half a centuryj has died after an operation which she underwent. She was in every sense of the word a pioneer in the highest education of women. When she relinquished the position of mathematical and Latin tutor at Queen’s College, London, and entered upon her duties at Cheltenham College, there were only G 9 pupils, whereas to-day there are 1000. Through the Foreign Office, the Board of Trade has received from the German Emperor a gold watch for Captain Henry Phillips, and substantial rewards lor Joseph Wilson, the second engineer, and three seamen of the British steamship Mabel, of North Shields, for their services to the German ship Trientje, when is distress. In opening Brighton’s new electricity generating station, Mr John Burns, the President of the Local Government Board, gave an extremely _ interesting autobiography. He said it might not be known to many persons present that he was the first engineer in Britain to make with his own hands the first electric tram-car. That was in 1881. “ Electric tramway traction was then such a novelty,’’ he said, ‘‘that I

had to take my governor’s dynamo and tram down to the Crystal Palace and run the train around the ’g-round for six months before people could be induced to believe that electric traction was possible, even as a toy experiment. So nervous were people that, although the charge was only 6d, we could not get people to go into the oar at all, so I said to my sweetheart—now my wife —‘You have got to come down to the Palace three days a week, and get into the first electric tramcar as a decoy for the others,’ -- The death is reported of Mr 'Alexander Johnston Cassatt, President of the Pennsylvanian Railroad Co., in his sixty-seventh year. He leaves estate valued at twenty millions sterling. His rule in life was that when young you should work under good men, and when older get good men to work under you. It was also his opinion that a man should be able to retire at 45 instead of drudging on to 70 or 75, and as a matter of fact he did at 421 years of age, but he was afterwards drawn into business* again.

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Men and Women., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 46, 12 January 1907

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Men and Women. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 46, 12 January 1907

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