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People We Near About., New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXVII, Issue 18, 30 March 1899
People We Near About.
j The death is announced of Rev. Maurice D. Sullivan, SJ., an j eloquent missionary of Mangalore. j After the marriage ceremony, Madame Patti presented to the little church at Brecon a handsome crucifix, a pair of va-ies, and a pair of candlesticks. Sir John Nugant, who died recently at the advanced age of ninety-four, was ouce the travelling physician of Daniel O'Connell ( and a member of the Reform club. Ho was also intimate with Thos. Moore. Dr. Emanuel Ilsrman, professor at the Vienna Technical Institute, who introduced the !K>t sard, received congratulations in January last from all parts of the world on the thirtieth anniversary i of the adoption of the proposal by the Austrian authorities. i Mrs. Craigie (• John Oliver Hobbe-s ') the distinguished Catholic authoress, has completed a tragedy in verse for Mr George Alexander, and is now engaged upon a comedy for Messrs. Harrison and t Cyril Maude, 1 Sir John Madden, the Chief Justice of Victoria, was for two 1 years at Beauchainp College in France. He is a Master of Arts and I Doctor of Laws of Melbourne University, of which he ia now i Chancellor. Although an Irishman he was always on the Conservative side in politics. Mr. K. E. Edgeworth, who heads the list of gentlemen cadets from the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, gazetted to commissions in thu Royal Engineers, has obtained the Pollock Gold Medal 'a3 the most distinguished cadet of the service,' and prizes for mathematics, chemistry and physics. Mr. Edgeworth is a greatgrandnephew of Maria Edgeworth, the famous Irish novelist. Senor Don Rafael Iglesias, President of Costa Rica, is an enterprising, ambitious young man, and is serving his second term as . chief executive of that republic. He comes from an ancient and ! ' distinguished family of Costa Rica, ia about 36 years of age, and is |[ an elegant writer of his native language. Much, of the progressiveI ness and enterprise now displayed in Costa Rica are due to President [ j Iglebias. It appears that Viscount Hinton, the heir in what has well been : called the Poulett Peerage Romance, is a Catholic. His father (says . i the Cat h< la- Times) when Lieutenant Poulett, on returning to Eng3 1 and after having been abroad, it is said, made a wager that he . ] would marry the first girl he met. He contracted a marriage befoie L the Registrar at Portsmouth, with Elizabeth Newman, who was a 1 Catholic. She accompanied her husband to Dublin, but was, it is 3 asserted, turned adrift, and returned to her parents at Portsmouth. ;: ; Viscount Hinton's wife stated to an interviewer : ' I am not sorry 1 ' that there is a prospect ot our street lfe being ended. We *4[ere v married twenty-eight years ago. There was very little romar.oe c about our marriage. Wo have had three children, two girls and one h boy. Our son was left jC5,000 by the Dowager Duchess of Cleveland, - and is now in Ceylon, engaged as a tea-planter. The girls are in a - I French convent.'
A new historian has arisen in Germany, the home of historical scholarship. His name is Father Hartmann Griaar, S.J., and already he has been hailed as ' the Catholic Gregorovius.' As yet he has issued only the first instalment of what is to be a monumental ' History of Rome and the of Popes in the Middle Ages ' ; but that instalment inspires the hope that the work may be completed without unnecessary delay and find an English translator. Among the appointments recently made in Ireland was that of Mr. R. P. Carton, Q.C., at present Divisional Magistrate of Dublin, who has been appointed County Court Judge for Clare. Mr. Carton is president of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Ireland, and although not at any time a keen politician he is understood to be a man of popular sympathies, who has attained to his position by ehetr force of professional merit and not by the usual moans employed in Ireland by legal aspirants anxious to obtain promotion to the Bench. Mr. Carton is something of a litterateur, and his name has appeared in the magazines over many interesting articles, most of which deal with literary criticism on subjects of arohreological interest. A brother of Judge Carton was a member of the Jesuit Company in Ireland until his regretted death a short time ago. The Rome correspondent of the Universe gives the following particulars of the Duke and Duchess of Connaught's visit to the Holy Father : — The Duke and Duchess of Connaught, together with their daughters , Princess Margaret and Princess Victoria, have passed what the Duke described to the British Ambassador, Lord Currie, as the most fascinating and enjoyable ten days in Rome. A dinner at the British Embassy, a reception at Prince Deria's, and a ball at the Quirinal Palace have been the principal social features oF their Royal Highness's stay in Rome, but the one incident which must have remained more impressed than all others upon the memory of the Royal party was doubtless the interview with the Holy Father on Saturday. The Duke wore the full uniform of his military rank, and the insignia of the Garter, and was received with Sovereign honours. The audience was of a most cordial nature, and was protracted far beyond the ordinary limits prescribed by etiquette, lasting vei*y nearly an hour, after which the Duke presented the components of the suite, Captain and Mrs. M'Xeill, and Mrs. and Miss de Marinac. Mr. R. J. Cavanagh, the newly-elected district president of the H.A.C.8.5., South Australia, was born in Victoria in l%t>, and educated at Sorrento and the Christian Brothers' College, Adelaide. In 1882 he joined the Civil Service, and now holds a responsible position in the Waterworks Department. He is a member of St. Patrick's Literary Society, of which he has been president. He has served on the general committee of the Literary Society's Union since 1891, and has taken part in many debates and ehort paper tournaments held under its auspices, and succeeded in 18% in winning a prize for impromptu speaking at the annual competition held in the Town Hall, being again successful in 18 ( .t7 when he took first prize for impromptu speaking at the Trades Ila'l Art and Industrial Exhibition. For years he has taken an active part in the Hibernian Society, and is a past-pre&ident and trustee of St. Patrick's Branch, and is a trustee of St. Mary' 3 Help of Christians Female Branch. He was elected as district president at the district board meeting, and was appointed deputy to attend A M. meeting to be held during April in Melbourne. Mr. Cavauagh has .ilwny* taken an active part in the Public Service Association, and is at present one of the editors of the Public Si rvicc Ih i wn\ a councillor of the Freetrade Association, and a member of the committee of the Effective Voting League. Bishop Spalding of Peoria, Illinois, who some time ago was reported to be seriously ill, is one of the ablest and most eloquent members of the Catholic hierarchy in the United States. The nephew of the late Archbishop of Baltimore, he was born in Lebanon, Kontucky, on June 2nd, IS4O, ordained in 18*13 and attached to the cathedral staff of Louisville. In ISCii) he built a church for a negro congregation whom he had organised, and was appointed its pastor. In Is?,} he went to the parish of St. Michael's, New York, where he attracted considerable attention as a preacher and lecturer. In 1.^77 the diocese of Feoria was create 1. His nomination as its bishop \v\i»i confirmed by tho Pope, and he was consecrated by Cmdinal M'Clo-ky in the Cathedral of New York. Under his admini-tration the diocese made remarkable progress, and he devoted h niself specially to the work of attracting Irish emigrants to the \\ e-t, He was also one of the most active promoters of the establishment of the Catholic University in Washington. His published works include The Lift of Archbishop Sj>aldinr[, Essays and Iterwim, The litligious Mission of The Irish People, and Lectures and JJtvcounn ■•>. Sir Arthur Sullivan discourses thus concerning himself in M.A.P. : — My father, Thomas Sullivan, was the bandmaster at the Royal Military College, at Sandhurst, from is 15 to 18.i<>. He was an Irishman by birth, and my mother was of an old Italian family, named Righi. The band my father conducted was small, but very good, for he was an excellent musician. I was intensely interested in all that the band did, and learned to play every wind instrument, with which i formed not merely a passing acquaintance, but a real, life-long, intimate friendship. I gradually learnt the peculiarities of each, and found out where it was strong, and where it was weak ; what it could do, and what it was unable to do. When I was about fourteen. I heard that a competitive examination would take place at the Royal Academy of Music tor a s-cholai>hip founded in memory of Mendelssohn. There was a large number of competitors, as was only to be expected, and when I saw them I almost gava up all hopes of success. However, when it came to the last day of the examination it was announced that the scholarship lay Jietween the eldest and the youngest of the competitors. Needless o day I was the youngest. The eldest was Joseph Barnby. During the long summer day Barnby and I were put through a mo&t searching final examination. At the close tho judges reserved their decision. Next day I received a letter saying that I had won it. After spending two years at the academy I went to Leipzic for a
year. While there I composed the 'Tempest' music, which was performed in London in 1862, and I found myself famous. In 1871 Mr. Hollingshead, of the London Gaiety Theatre asked Mr. W. S. Gilbert and myself to do a piece with parts for J. L. Toole and others. This was the beginning of the partnership between us. These are a few episodes of my early career, my work since then is well known. The Rome correspondent of the Pall Mall Gazette writes thus of the physician of his Holiness the Pope : — Dr. Lapponi, to be sure of hearing any call from the Vatican, has the telephone at the head of his bed, and when sinister rumours circulate Cardinals and diplomats seem to consider it their duty or privilege to ring him up at all hours of the night. And that is not all. Besides the inconvenience there is also considerable expense, as many telegrams requiring answers arrive for him, a great portion of which he cannot ignore, because of the station of the senders. No one would certainly ever guess what salary the Papal doctor draws: £120 a year. Professor Giuseppe Lapponi has held his position since 1888. At that date Leo XIII., having been left with only a surgeon, and the need of a doctor being much felt, Dr. Lapponi, who was practising at Osimo, on the Adriatic side of the Peninsula, came every week to Rome to visit him. Shortly after the surgeon died, and. the Professor became, and has remained, the only physician of his Holiness. He has gradually so gained his confidence and friendship as to be to him what Dr. Schweninger was to Prince Bismarck. It is stated that Sir Charles Gavan Duffy has given his collection of rare books connected with Ireland, rare manuscripts of distinguished Irishmen, and Irish curios of many sorts, to be sold for the promotion of Irish literature. They will be exhibited and sold by the Irish Literary Society during the present season. The most notable item in the curios (writes the donor) is a large volume named ' Illustrations of Irish History.' All the eras from Grattan down to the present day are separately illustrated, with portraits of the leading men, historical scenes, and current caricatures. After 17DS comes the early CTConnell era, with portraits, not only of the Irish, but of the English emancipators, then the anti-tithe war, with, among other things, Sam Lover's piquant sketches of ecclesiastical life in Ireland. The Repeal movement follows, from its earliest beginning down to the career of Young Ireland. The Home Rule movement of Isaac Butt follows, and then the Parnell mo\ement J , and the Irish Party down to the present day, with portiaits of everyone concerned. The trial of the murderers of Lord Frederick Oavendish is also illustrated with portraits of judges and counsel and prisoners down to the death of James Carey, and the trial of the avenger. O'Donnell. At the end of the book there is an interesting collection of the Australian statesmen who were Sir Gavan's contemporaries in public life. Tne book contains more than two hundred and fifty illustrations, and the collection is probably entirely unique. -It ought to be possessed by the Dublin National Library, or, tailing that, by the British Museum. So little U known (pays the An- Maria) of Joost Vondel, the Catholic Milton, the Titan of Dutch literature, that the* following paragraph from the Critic will doubtless prove interesting reading : —Vondel is one of tW- giants of the Golden Age of Holland. He was the product of conditions analogous to those that gave birth to the Elizabethan poets, and still more to Milton. He was not a quiet practitioner m the fields of pure literature : he was a mighty champion of r^ht. a fearless advocate of liberty in Holland, an interpreter of matchless strength of the aspirations and struggles of the hum-m -oul thiouchout the world. His Palaimdt.t was a burning arraignment oi a bloody political crime — tho execution of John of Oldenbarneveld — a trumpet-blast against the danger of a new intolerance born in the very heart of the nation that had suffered and vanquished for the world's freedom of conscience. Until the day of his death he continued to be the ' poet militant ' of the freedom and privileges of his people, the undaunted opponent of the moral inquisition which the extreme Calvinists of Holland tried to entorce. But gradually there crept into his bitter satire, his vigorous onslaughts, a new note, that raised new enemies for him and estranged his friends — the note lhat traced his progression toward the Unman Catholic Churdi. His, final conversion to the old faith is the o.ims upon which re-t the political interpretations of his great draui.i of the revolt of the Prince of Darkness. Thu 3 Adroc/i/i re-ports the death of Mr .Denis Wadick, Mayor of North r.lelboiine. The deceased was a native of Tipperary, Ireland, and went to Victoria in the fifties, being then but a youth. He was engaged for some time on the Mount Alexander railway, under Messrs. Cornish and Bruce, contractors for the first section. In 18(51 Mr Wadick joined in the gold rush to New Zealand. After spending seven years in New Zealand, during which time he was singularly successful as a digger, he returned to Melbourne, where he soon became known as a railway contractor. Amongst the contracts nndertaken by the deceased may be mentioned the outer circle railway, his partner at that time being the late Mr. Graham. In conjunction with the late Mr. Home, Mr Wadick constructed the line from Brighton to Sandringham. The deceased gentleman has also carried out extensive sewer sections under the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works. At the time of his death Mr. Wadick held leases oi the Victorian and four suburban markets. Deceased, who \yas very highly respected by a wide circle of friends and acquaintance-, leave- a widow and four children. Referring to the death of Mr. YVadick on the Sunday following his decease. Father Murphy, administrator of St. Mary's parish, said the deceased had been a model citizen, and the soul of earnestness and honesty, whilst his generosity and charity were unbounded. Those qualities endeared him to all classes of the community. It was on those qualities that hia religious character was formed. He was generous to all, but especially to works of religion and charity.
Chemist luue t \tractcd from coal-tar sixteen shauds of blue, sixteen of yellow, twelve of orange, nine of violet, besides shades of other colours too numerous to mention.
People We Near About., New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXVII, Issue 18, 30 March 1899
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