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OUR LONDON LETTER.

ANGLO-COLONIAL NOTES. [From Ocr Correspondent, j .._, , LONDON, Feb. 3. Although some. 5000 circulars have been sent out, subscriptions to the Grey Memorial 1 und are trickling in very sloAvly. 1 fear that the movement has been alWed to slumber too long, and that the enthusiasm to erect a monument to the "good Governor" has been shortlived. Events march rapidly here, and in a month or tAvo some other great man has died, or tome other institution, such as the Gordon College/has absorbed the moneys which might otherwise have b-sen available. Professors BroAvn, Easterfield and Mackenzie are all going out to NeAv Zealand by the Kaikoura on Feb. 9. TMs will give them an opportunity of forming some united scheme for the Avorking of Victoria College, or of becoming deadly enemies by the end of the voyage. I hear that Professor Easterfield has since his appointment been very energetic and enthusiastic in seeing that due provision is made for the apparatus required for the proper Avorking of his department. Though Air Justice Williams is still confined to the house by the severe cold he recently contracted, he still hopes to sail for i the colony, Avith his family, by^the new Orient liner Omrah, leaving London next Aveek. Whilst in Ehgland the Judge has materially increased Ins earthly possessions, in the shape of household goods and chattels, no fewer than nineteen large cases having already been shipped on his account. His latest purchase is a handsome Bechstein piano, Avhich is to accompany the company to the Antipodes. Mr and Mrs Arthur Appleby are in town again, and staying temporarily at Maida, Vale. Mr Appleby, who, I am sorry to say, has been laid up with pleurisy for the last fortnight, is " resting " for a while after his long" tour with the " Dandy Fifth," but is, I hear, negotiating for some new roles. The Agent-General is, I hear, delighted at the prospect of the Hon John M'Kenzie visiting us in April, and hopes that the Minister of Lands may be induced to prolong his visit to Great Britain, as in the frozen meat and dairy produce industries, as Avell as agricultural matters generally, there is much tliat calls for the Minister's attention, and his careful study of those matters on the spot would be of immense benefit to the colony. Mr Charles Blecker, formerly of Nelson, was, I regret to say, found dead in his room at Baldwin's Place, dray's Inn Boad, on Jan. 28. An inquest -will, I understand, be held. . xhe Rev T. Flavell lectured at the end of last Aveek on " New Zealand Development ' to the Plymouth Institute. In the course of his lecture he called Christchurch the Devonshire of New Zealand, Dunedin " the most prosperous and go-ahead- toAvn " of the colony, and described the 39,000 Maoris as all ciAilised, and most of them sending their children to school. In the discussion that followed Dr Pearce stigmatised female suffrage a« a blot on NeAv Zealand life. Mr D. Slater expressed surprise that the frozen meat .tore in Plymouth had been closed, and the 'Chairman explained the suppression of .the trade as due to the action of the Plymouth butchers. The -various Chambers of Commerce here are burning their attention to the income tax which the NeAv Zealand Government seeks to impose upon all merchants avlio ihatra president agents in tlie .colony, Avith a \*ieAV to protesting. Though the Rev 51. Mullineaux is not yet in a position to say definitely that his proposed Rugby football team for Australia will start on such and such a date, he seems tolerably certain that tlie tour Avill come off. He has already arranged Avith many prom-inent leather hunters to accompany him. For the onerous post of full back he ] has selected J. F. Byrne, the International, j and Avill have C. A. Boyd, of Dublin Uni- 1 wersity to fall back upon <in event of Byrne ; getting hurt or " going <off song." In the: •.three-quarter division die will be able t_ j select tram Hussey and Nicholls, the Welsh j International, Zimans, Avho boasts his cap 1 for Scotland, Tookes, an English International, or Lindsay WVatson, Avho distinguished himself in fche Scotch trials. Art half-back the team will also be av.ll served, the chosen players being Elliott, of Scotland, Adamson, Avho has been tried for England on several occasions, Cookson, of Lancashire, and Mr Mullineaux, Avho is one of the ; smartest of the Kent halves. Fonvard the ', team Avill be particularly strong. Of the eleven selected four .'boast English caj>s. They are Dudgein, jfHbson, Stout and Jarman. GoAvans, a Switch trial man, Franks, an .Irish International, Francourfc, of Lancashire, Ayre Smith, of Kent, Joe Kipling, of Middlesex, and Evers, of Moseley complete the foi'Avard division. The team is undoubtedly a A*ery good one, and with ordinary luck should be abte to maintain the Old Country's reputation! against the best Antipodean teams. Mr i Faithful Begg., the neAV leader of the female suffragists in the House of Commons, does mot, as the " Chronicle " cruelly says, look -the part like His predecessor, George WynOhara. The latter was the ideal ladies man. Mr Begg h_s, hoAvever, a solid achievement to his credit in this connection. By thf fortunes of the'ballot he Avas enabled, a couple of sessions ago, to carry a Female Suffrage Bill to a triumphant second reading, and he might have carried it still fur ther, tent for the backing tactics of jVIr Gibson BoAvles. Mr Begg, Avho is noAv fiftytAvo, belongs, as you are aAVare, to the wellknoAvn IB uncdin family of the same name, and spest some yearn in^NeAV Zealand. His brother iis Mr Walter _lentley, .the actor. Antipwdeans, Avho have friends at Home or elsewhere rejoicing in family names -men ac O'Connor, O'Malley, and the j like, may ! be interested to learn that under i fhe International Convention such names j are charged for in foreign, telegrams accord- , ing to the form in which they are Avritten i hy the -sender. Thus '"O'Connor" » s . charged as two, " Oconnor** as one. •

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OUR LONDON LETTER. Star, Issue 6437, 17 March 1899

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