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People We Hear About.

The Pope haß just nominated Dr. Schaepman, the celebrated Dutch priest-politician, to the dignity of a Domestic Prelate. Professor O'Hagan, a Catholic scholar of note, haa been elected to a Fellowship in English Literature in Chicago University. The death has occurred at Bournemouth, England, of Baroneea Paulina von TTngel, the gifted Catholio authoress. Very Rev. J. Ryan, 8.J., rector of St. Xavier'a College, Kew, who has beeu uppoiu U*l Superior of the Jesuit Order in Australia, is a Limerick man. The Victoria Cross has been conferred upon a Catholio officer* Lieut. H. E. M. Douglas, R.A.M.C, for distinguished bravery at the battle of Elandslaagte. Lieut. Douglas is an Irishman. Among those who received the degree of LL.D. at Edinburgh University recently was Professor James Little, M.D., one of the leading physicians of Dublin. Sir Charles Oavan Duffy celebrated his 85th birthday on April 12 at Nice, where he has resided for many years. Notwithstanding his great age the veteran Nationalist is still in good health. Leopold Stevenson, of Brooklyn, New York, is the only boy in the United States who can claim a king as his godfather. He was born when his father, Mr. Thomas Stevenson, lived in England and was Mayor of Ripon, and during the visit of the King of the Belgians to that city. In Belgium it is customary for the King to act as sponsor to a Mayor's child born during a royal visit to the town ; and Mr. Stevenson, being a Catholic, asked for a similar favor, which was kindly and graciously granted by King Leopold. Monday, April 15, was the birthday of his Eminence Cardinal Yaughan, and during the day his Eminence was the recipient of many messages of congratulation. Cardinal Vaughan has now completed 69 years of age. He has spent no fewer that 47 years in the priesthood, and 29 in the episcopate. Ordained when but 22, his Eminence was consecrated Bishop of Salford at the age of 40, and administered that populous diocese for 20 years. In 1892 he wai chosen to succeed Cardinal Manning in the Archiepiscopal See of Westminster. His Eminence's oareer has been marked by many great undertakings. His latest is the construction of the great Westminister Cathedral in Ashley Gardens. One of the ablest politicians whom I had the pleasure of meeting (writes the editor of the Christchurch Presx in describing his impressions of Melbourne) was Senator R. E. O'Connor, of New South Wales. Mr. O'Connor is a member of the Ministry without portfolio, and would have been Attorney-General but for the necessity of taking in Sir William Lyneas a member of the Cabinet. Two portfolios were all that could be given to New South Wales, and Mr. Bart in had to go to Victoria for an Attorney-General, Mr. Deacon getting the appointment. Aa is the case in New Zealand, geographical considerations are evidently going to play an important part in the formation of Commonwealth Ministries, and will often prevent an Australian Premier, as in this case, from picking the best man for a particular position. Mr. O'Connor is not only admitted to be a very able constitutional lawyer, but is a politician who looks ahead with something of a statesman's foresight. The Very Tlpv. Dr. O'Haran, who triumphed so completely over hi? enemies, is 4i> years of age, a man of fine physique, a tireless worker, and a stranger to illness. He is a native of Fermanagh (says a Sydney correspondent), and was born near Lake Erin, adjacent to Enniskillen. He made his early studies under a classical master, subsequently spent a few years with the Christian Brothers at Strtihene. Tyrone. From the care of the Brothers he went to the Jesuitw' College, Clongowes Wool, where he studied grammar, humanities, and rhetoric for six years. He completed his studies at the Pope's Seminary, Rome, and after his ordination was appointed to a position m the Irish College. When Dr. Moran was appointed Arcnbishop of Sydney in 1884, he selected Dr. O'Haran as his confidential companion and private secretary, on, I think, the suggestion of his Holiness the Pope. His work here has been immense, and although he effaces himself, he has been long recognised as a great and powerful figure in our ecclesiastical life. No one could ask for a safer or more generous friend. Like the Cardinal, he lives in the simplest manner, and gives to charities every shilling he gets. You could not get him to make an unkind remark about his persecutors, or to talk about himself.

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People We Hear About., New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXIX, Issue 23, 6 June 1901

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People We Hear About. New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXIX, Issue 23, 6 June 1901