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H.M.S. CALLIOPE AND CAPTAIN KANE.
Under Distinguished Patronage. " Marquis" de Letiville. A Medal, and its Reverse. [Fbom our London Corrispondeot.l London, May 24. THE MARQUIS AND HIS MEDAL. The grotesque fat man who calls himself (though unknown to the Almanach de Gotha) the "Marquis De Leuville," whose craving for notoriety seems utterly insatiable, has recently been trying to ad- ' vertise himself through the odd medium of the Samoa hurricane. From certain : documents that have been sent me (says i Truth) it seems that this mountebank has j had a medal sfcvuck, bearing, of course, ! Mb own name, and what, I presume, is his family crest, as its most conspicuous orna- j inents, and this he purports to have pre- ! sented to Captain Kane as a mark of his (De Leuville'e) flattering opinion oE British seamanship generally and Captain Sane in particular. EFFECT OP THE MEDAL. Not content with this, the Marquis has written and had printed a copy of some doggerel verses, surmounted by a pictorial representation of his medal, and this effusion he is sending by post to officers of the British navy, accompanied by a fourcolumn notice and a picture of himself from a publication called The JMocutionist.The notice is framed in such terms of fulsome adulation that I wonder at any journal inserting it in any other form than that of an advertisement. In order to show the impression created on an average British seaman by the medal, the poem, and the puff, I append a letter from an officer at Portsmouth who has been favoured with these articles :— "Sir,— l have, as temporary commanding officer of one of Her Majesty's ships, received per post from the author, the enclosed gratuitous insult to the officers, living and dead, of the vessels belonging to Germany and America who suffered in the recent hurricane at Samoa." " The astounding effrontery of this selfadvertiser is evident from the sketch of the medal, supposed to be struck in honour of Captain Kane, but which, you will notice, bears in a moat prominent way the name of the titled advertiser. * * * What, however, naturally strikes the naval mind is the open insult to our German and American confreres by the assumption that 'pluck' was the monopoly of Captain Kane, and, by inference, that cowardice was the cause of the loss of the less fortunate ships. In evidence of this, let me call your attention especially to the noteabove the sketch." This is the note to which my correspondent refers :— "Medal in gold struck expressly for presentation to this brave British officer, by the Marquis de Leuville, the author of 'Entre Nous,' in honour of bis having gallantly upheld British pluck where both the German and American ships foundered." I am quite sure that Captain Kane, who has already shown that he ranks hiß achievement no higher than a man ought to do who has simply done his duty, will be the first to say that no more "pluck" is required to put your ship's head to the wind and steam away than to beach her on a lee-shore in a hurricane. THE MABQUIS. De Leuville is a familiar figure at a number of third-rate Clubs, and occasionally __ finds his way, I regret to ' say, into the St George's. His personal appearance is as remarkable as his achievements, suggesting a happy i blend between Oscar Wilde at his worst and a frowsy French cook. Oil seema to exude from every pore of the man's complacent countenance, whilst in dress and. manner he affects the ducal Bohemian. Storiea about the Marquis are almost as numerous as the hairs of his superb moustache, but as he set most of them afloat himself, they lack authenticity.
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