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OUR LONDON LETTER.

(From Our Own Correspondent.)

LONDON, June 3

Mr A. A Davks, of Wanganui, arrived hero early in May by tlio P. and O. Moldavia, after an exceedingly pleasant trip. He has enjoyed himself very much doing the sights of London —everything is on such a big scale, he saj's, that a colonial must bo impressed. Ho has nothing but praise for the London police, they are a fino tody of men, assist a "new chum" wonderfully in locating his whereabouts., and so cheerfully too. Mr Davies has visited Strat-ford-on-Avon, Chester, Hawardon, Lancaster and Manchester, and was particularly interested in the ancient historical associations of these places. Ho is just now going to a farm house in Suffolk for two months for tho purpose of quiet study, and will then return to tho city. Ho is charmed with tho English people —they are so genuinely good hearted, and welcome one so that ono cannot help feeling pleased and at homo. If. whilst sight seeing, he mentions that he is a New Zealander, the custodians and others go to no end of trouble to show him, every thing, and " seem so pleased to meet one from what they term ''lovely New Zealand." In roaming around he is greatly struck with the desire of neople to go to the Dominion, and when he tells them of tho wondei'3 of Rotorua, the beauty of the Wanganui River, the grandeur of the" Otira .Gorge, and the southern lakes, the groat producing power of the New Zealand soil, tho favourable terms upon which land can be obtained, the preferential tariff for England, all added to your glorious climates tliey simply pine to get away. He finds New Zealand occupies a very favourable position in tho English mind, and it is regarded as an ideal placo to live in. People hero are much bettor informed about fcho Dominion than he had expected. Later on in tho year, being a keen cyclist, he will cycle through England, Scotland, and part of the Continent; the roads here and general conditions for cycyling are simply perfect. Mr and Mrs G. Bunr-ston, also of Wanganui, and their daughter are hero. They sailed from Sydney by the S.S. Brenen, N.D.L. line, on March 21st, via Suez, calling at Colombo, Naples and Genoa, arriving at Southfimpton on May sth. Thsy intend, with Scarborough as .1- hnsn, to tour the wholo of- tho British Isles. They havo already visited tho Franco-British Exhibition and were delighted to find New. Zealand and Australia..so well' represented. They have also, seen the Derby run for, with its sensational winner, and were -present at the "Glorious Ascot" races. • Next week will bo spent in Leeds on tho occasion of the King's visit to open the new extension: of .the College, from thoro they go to tho Lake. District, and thonee to the'-North-East coast; resorts, and the Isle, of Man— later to Ireland. . They expect, to•. return to Wanganui some time in Septc-m- ---, ber by the same line, and same route, ! embarking at Antwerp. ! Mr R. J. Booth, of Nelson, aVuit. whom I wrote in a, former letter, is just now on a visit to Dr W. Booth, M.D., in Edinburgh.

Mr W. Lock, of the samp CityvJcH about a fortnight ago for Now York, and is expected back in a couple of weeks.

Mr and Mrs Thos Hawley, and Mips Hawley, of Timaru, arrived here m Friday on a pleasure trip. They left tbo German liner "Sehamhorst" at Naples in November last, and have since been touring Italy, Switzerland and France. They purpose making a tour of the United Kingdom, and will leave again for the Dominion in October.

n ,Mrf. A. Atkinson, of tlio Bar of Plenty, is in the Old. Country on a health trip, and looking up eld friends. He is not certain when ha will return, as it will denend upon the state- of his health.

Mr James Sheed, J.P., of Southland, and his daughter arrived here early, in June. They come on pleasure, and Mr bheed will visit his native place, Ardvvell, Cabrach, in the parish of Banffffhire, N.B. Ardwell "is seven miles from tho nearest railway station, and hopelessly out of the track of the ordinary tourist. They have spent somo time in London, and aro now going north, after which they will visit tho principal places of interest' in Scotland, England, and Ireland. The return will be by way of America.

Mr H. Holland, of Christchurch. camo by the Or ton a. on May lsth, and is revisiting the Old Country after an absence of forty five years. He was a lay delegate from New Zealand to the Primitive Metholist Conference in London, but his visit is chiefly of a businosci nature. He 13 duo to return by tho Orient routaon August :7th. Mrs W. A. Scott, and her son Mr Arthur Scott, of Dunedin, cavno by the Mongolia, which they left at Mar£eil?s. and, after a week in Paris, and arrived here, on Juno 6th. They have* done some sight seoing hero, and bva just loft for. ih3 Continent, after v/hich they will take a run through Scotland and Ireland, leaving Liverpool for Boston on August 11th. They expect to visit New York, Philadelphia/Niagara, and Chicago, and also the State of Ohio, where they hare relatives, before leaving Vancouver for Sydney on October 9th.

_ Mr and Mrs Tlios. R. Jones, of Wellington, and their two daughters are on a pleasure trio, and came by the Omrah on May 29th. They will visit Wales, Mr Jones's native country, and will probably. spand the winter in tho South of France.

Mr and Mrs T. Trowell, also of Wellington, and their daughter are just now hero, and have been visiting Liverpool, Sheffield, and Brighton, staying somo time in each place. Tho main object of their visit is to see their two sons, both talented young musicians, who are devoting themselves to a musical career here. Ono of them, Mr Arnold Trowell, who has bs-en mentioned in former letters, has recently published six Tnorncaux for violoncello and piano. Tho Rev J. W. Hay ward, of Napier, who came by the White- Star liner Persic intends to remain rovcral month". Ho has corao to visit friends and will spend part of his time in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The return will bo by the Orontes. After visiting, Paris, Floronco, Rome, Naples, Cairo and Je.rua alom ho will join that boat at Port Said.

Mr and Mrs E. E. Chamberlain, of Mastorton, and their two daughters were passengers by tho P. and O. Mongolia. They have spent a week in London, and are now on a tour through Ireland and Scotland, which will ocenpv them until July 22nd, after which they will visit Paris and" Switzerland. On their return to England they will run through Devon and Cornwall heforo leaving for the Dominion by the China, on-September 11th.

Dr H. T. Dawson.. and Mrs Dawson, Pahiatua, came by the Mamari on the 4th nit. Dr Daw.son has corns over for further professionnl study nt the London hospitals. This week' they ara leaving for Scotland for a. s'x Weeks' visit, after which they will return to London and cross over to Paris. Thov will return by tho Corinthic leaving about the end of September.

Mrs J. J\ Odium, and her {.wo <lan<»htots 3 Miss Odium, r>nd Mrs R. H. Hopkins, camo by the Ortona," whicli thov loft at Naples, travelling through Ttrtl.v to Lucerne, and ther.es to Pari^ wlipx-p they _stayed a few weeks.' Tlioy vnll remain in London a. few months, and afterwards visit Scotland, Ireland and Wales. They expect to' leavo at ths cud of tho year.

f Mr C. J. B,eake3, your assistant chief Government veterinarian, who has been over here since the beginning of January last, left for tho Dominion last week. Ho travels via Suez and Egypt, where he hopes to moot Professor Loose, tho great authority on internal parasites. During his last few weeka hero> he has visited tho Bath and West of England Show, and the Royal Counties Show at Southamption. Mr and Mrs Arthur Coxhead, of Whangamomona, Taranaki, camo by the Lusitania, via Vancouver and 'New York. They aro hero for pleasure, and aro at present staying at Sutton, in Surrey After visiting tho Midlands and Scotland, they will cross through Switzerland to Venice and Naples. At tho latter place they will join an cut-ward-bound steamer, and arrive in tho Dominion in time for the early summer.

■The following appears in tho "Daily Mail" of Saturday last:—"Tho N.Z. All Blacks.' Sir, with regard to tho statements that have been circulated rospecting tho action of the, New Zealand Rugby Football Union in reinstating Mr Baskerville, the late manager of tho professional football team from New Zealand, who visited this country in connection with Northern Union clubs, I would like emphatically to state on behalf of tho New Zealand Football Union that neither Mr Baskerville, who died last month, or any members comrtosins the professional team visiting England, have been or will ba admitted .to the Rugby Union of New Zealand. '"' Tho letter is signed "C. Wray Palliser, Representing Now Zealand Rujrbv Football Union." The following was crowded out from "1^ .*»?"«; week's letter. Dr Hanson. R.N.V.R.. hon sec cf Lord Ro^orcs's Boys' Guild, writes to "Tho Spectator"—"Wo hoar from Col. Lovedny C.C. of the New Zealand Public School Cadets, that a lad from Onehunga. near Auckland, has been selected to roprosenfc New Zealand schoolboy marksmanship at Bisley this fuminer. .11? comes as the guest of schoollwys in the ■Mother Country. We osnecb him to arrive; by the s.s. Runic, which left Table Bay on Saturday, Juno 13th, on her way to London. May we appeal again to your readers to holp in tho hospitality and to subscribe towards the provision of a "Spectator" tent at Bisloy? (a tent hcuso* 20 boys, and the inclusive charge per caput for transport, rations, and training is 16s for the 10 j days of camp). The presence cf a i cadet from the most distant of our over- j sea dominions wil do mur-h to help in tho linking up of British s'-'boolboys throughout the Empire. Chc-quefk: should be crossed and -marked 'Hospitality' or 'Spectator Tent,' and sent to mo at 42 Sun Street, London, E.C." The editor of "The Spectator" hoping that Dr Hanson will bo as successful 03 he wag last year in obtaining a"A Spectator Tent"'ghdly subscribes £5 to so eound and so truly Imperial a purpose.

A great mining exhibition will be opened at Olympia next month, when not only every appliance used in mining will bo shown in active operation in .the main liall, but realistic scenes illustrating mining life throughout tho Empire will ba;represented in the annexe and-gallerie3. In the annexe tho visitor will at. one? find himself in "the midst of a diamond prospecting earnp, with tents, diggere, and the actual surroundings of Kimberloy at tlie first discovery of its underground wealth. In tli9 galleries, mines in other oarts o» the Empire-are depicted in active opera tion. Here may be seen at work thf ■gold miner in the alluvial deposits o' the Klondvke burrowing underground .in. South. Africa, cr breaking up. by hydraulic power the. rock's that contain . the precious metal in New Zealand. Hero,, too, the, Cornish tin miner is shown working at dti£% heights whore diio false step means cleath. In the ooal mine an' accident.. is supposed to have already happened, and "the work of rescue is proceeding amidst fallen ronks and broken timbers. Even stone quarrying is not forgotten, and altogether the general public will have an

opportunity never before given them j in this or any other country of getting j a closo insight into tho details of mining life in all its forms, and all this for an inclusive charge of one shilling. l • A small party of New Zealand visitors to England attended some days back at Hackney, before the Deputy Coroner, Dr R. L. Guthrio, for the purpose of identifying tho body of a man found in the river Lea, at Clapton. At the inquest held tho day after the body waa discovered, the jury returned a verdict of "Found drowned." Mr Frederick McSweeney, a New Zealand, artist, at present staying at Minister Square, Regent's Park, informed the Deputy Coronor that deceased was a Mr William James Wittick (or Wittich), a master baker of Alexandra, Otago, who wan paying a visit to England for a holiday upon his retirement from business. He was.about sizty years of age, and a widower. The witness last saw him alive on the morning of June 9th, when he seemed well, and went cut of tho house ..ostensibly for the purpose of getting breakfast. As he did not return witness became uneasy and communicated with tho police at Albany Street Station. Mr Wittich was well supplied with money. James Soolo and William Day also'identified the body from a photograph. The Deputy Coroner ordered that the articles found upon deceased should be handed over to Mr McSwDsney. The details of the identification wero afterwards road by Mr Henry Wittich, of CJaremont Road Forest Gate, and he was in time to se^ the body before burial. He recognised it as that of his brother, whom he had not been for 30 years. He thought ho and his wife wero dead ,as the b-afc Ihoy went in to New Zealand about thirty years ago was reported to have been lost with all on board.

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OUR LONDON LETTER. Wanganui Chronicle, Volume L, Issue 12145, 13 August 1908

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