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Men & Women.

Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman is said to be one of the best French scholars in the Hoase of Commons, and he has probably read more French novels than any other legislator. 4- 'G: & Of Madame Patti’s two pet parrots one talks and sings incessantly, imitating its mistress’s voice with grotesque fidelity, whilst the other is almost invariably as silent as the Sphinx. “The talkative parrot cost me twenty guineas,’’ the Diva said once, “while his silent companion cost nearly ten times as much, which proves the truth of the maxim, Speech is silver, and silence is gold/ ” Madame Sarah Bernhardt possesses a long chain of fine gold, to which at close intervals, are arranged about thirty charms, ranging from a crucifix to a skull carved out of a ruby. The war against trusts in America continues. Its latest development is the issue of a warrant by the New (Fork police for the arrest of J ohn D. Rockefeller, for refusing to appear as a witness in a suit against Standard Oil Co. Rockefeller has £12,000,000 a year. Capitalising this income at 5 per cent., Mr Rockefeller’s estate amounts to £240,000,000. At the average wages paid in manufacturing establishments in America, where wages ! are high, it would require the labour of 2,250,000 persons for a whole year to earn this fortune. Mr Rockefeller could almost buy any two states like Maryland at the assessed value of the property. Some time ago his son, who is an eminent Sunday-school teacher, arranged for a dinner for his class, each member to pay four shillings. It was found that prices have advanced so much since the last class dinner that the usual sum would not be sufficient to buy the usual dinner, and so the oj'sters, soup, and several other -dishes had to be omitted. But if it took an hour to eat what was served, the young teacher's father gathered in £1,368 while the young man and his pupils were sitting at the table. After a peaceful sleep of eight hours Mr Rockefeller arises in the morning .with the comfortable knowledge that he will have enough to pay for his breakfast, for while ho was asleep his income was £10,944 If he spends a week off in his yacht or playing golf, where the sheriffs can’t find him in trust proceedings, his income is still going on, and in seven days will amount to about (£230,000. Although Mr Rockefeller is a pious Churchman, his capital has no regard for Sunday, but v keeps on earning £32,876 every Sunday, just as it docs all the other days of the week. Mr Rockefeller -does not have to work if he does not want to. The rainy day is provided for, and as for the wolf, it is a thousand miles from the door. 4- 4- 4Professar Peck’s “Twenty Years of the Republic,’’ just published by Dodd, Mead and Co., New 1 York, covers the United States’ last two decades in a most interesting manner. It is all-round history, and takes its human foundations from what can be called the fair standpoint. Thus, we need not be surprised to find some of America’s most conspicuous figures summed up in the manner following : —“Jay Gould was one of the most sinister figures that have ever flitted bat-like across the vision of the 'American people. Merciless, coldblooded, secretive, apparently without one redeeming trait, this man for many years had been the incarnation of unscrupulous greed—a railw r ay .wrecker, a corrupter of the judiciary, a partner of the notorious. Fisk, the author of the dreadful panic of Black Friday in 1869, when ho drove hundreds of victims to ruin, to selfmurder, or to shame, Jay Gould, even at the present day, typifies so vividly all that is base and foul, as to cause even the mention of his name to induce the shudderings of moral nausea.’’ A reviewer holds that the book will be very interesting to those of forty-five and over, “for,” he says, “forty-five is the age at which reminiscence begins to interest, when the thoughtful person likes 'to get a line’ on experiences and - transitions of twhich he feels himself to have been a part.”

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Men & Women., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 16 March 1907

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Men & Women. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 16 March 1907