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Men & Women.

According to. a Manchester paper Dr. Alexander Whyte, the eminent Scottish divine, criticising lazy ministers, whom he would like to see drummed out of the Church, said those who knew Scotland were aware that there were enough lazy ministers in that country to pave a whole street in hell with their skulls. Madame Melba tells a good story of the great singer's first interview 7 with Sir Arthur Sullivan. She sang the great air from “Traviata” to him. He nodded approval "You have a very good voice,” he said. “<lf you will study for a year you may be able to sing in ‘my ‘Mikado.’ ” On .January 11th at Birmingham the funeral took place of the Gipsy Queen, Henty Smith, who died nearly a century old. She was buried with full Bohemian ritual, the whole tribe following in caravans from the Black Patch encampment, while deputations attended from all the tribes in the country. After the funeral, the Queen's caravans and goods will be burned, in accordance with her will. Her eldest son receives the sceptre of office. One of a thousand good stories of Colquelin, the gre a t French actor, relates that while listening to the reading of a new play he fell asleep. The author, mush piqued, stopped and awoke him, asking, “How can a man who is asleep form an opinion ?” “My dear sir,” said Colquelin, with a yawn, “sleep is an opinion.” Mrs Mungeuis, aged seventy-eight, the wife for fifty years of Edward Mungeuis, a rich oil operator, of Denver, U.S.A., having been told by her physicians that she is suffering from an incurable disease, has bought a phonograph, in which she is recording all her conversations with her husband, besides reciting into it recollections of her long life, so that her husband may interest himself listening to the records after her death. Mr Justin McCarthy, on a night vigil at the House of Commons in those glorious times when members wont home with the milkmen, happened to chat on the terrace with a very intelligent policeman. Mr McCarthy talked on various topics, and finding that the constable had been a reader he determined to present him with a book. “Do you liikje reminiscences ?” asked the M.P. “Weil, sir,” replied the constable, wiping his mouth in anticipator enjoyment, “I do, but the pubs ain't open yet!”

For seven iy-eight years Mr James Knapp, who has died in the village of Shrivenham, Berks, at the age of eighty-five, was in the church choir, from which lie retired only a few weeks ago. He was a bellringer for seventy-two years. George Penn, a well-known dog fancier of the borough road, London, was followed to the grave by four fine bull terriers. They wore black coats, on which were the words in white letters, ■'Following our master to bis last resting-place.” The captain of the ‘‘Dreadnought” the greatest battleship in the world, is Captain Reginald Bacon, who is forty-three years of age. He is regarded as one of the smartest officers in the Xavy. His appointment does not confirm the too-old-at-forty theory.

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Men & Women., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 9 March 1907

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Men & Women. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 9 March 1907

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