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FEB. 28, 1891 THE COLONIES AND INDIA 21 really thrown into; and certainly the fact of Mr. Micawber being in the King's Bench by no means puts it beyond a doubt that Mr. John Dickens enjoyed the same seclusion, though, of course, it is very possible that he did so. The author of the present work spends a good deal of his time in ingenious demonstration of the theory propounded in his preface, but we do not propose to follow him. It is pleasanter to turn aside, and browse along the byways of his book, in which may be found much amusing reading and lively detail. When Dickens was at school at Wellington House, in 1827, he and a schoolfellow named Bowden sat next one another, and they were in the habit of bringing out a weekly journal called Our Newspaper, which was lent to the other boys on condition of their paying an adequate tribute of marbles, slate pencils, and other like treasures to the illustrious proprietors. Here are two tit-bits from this " weekly " :— Lost, out of a gentleman's waistcoat pocket, an acre of land; the finder sli ill be rewarded on restoring the same. Lost. By a boy with a long red nose, and grey eyes, a very bad temper. Whoever has found the same may keep it, as the owner is better without it. One little thing that Mr. Langton tells us, by the way, is rather interesting. At Chatham the name of Peggotty is still popular as a feminine Christian name, the inhabitants of that town not being in agreement with the immortal Miss Betsy Trotwood, who, it will be remembered, was of the opinion that it had a decidedly heathenish sound. Mr. Langton 's addition to the literature of the day rather comes under the head of bookmak4ng. for which there is little excuse in these days of multitudinous writings, but it will be of interest to those who love his subject, and as they, despite certain writers, are still numerous, doubtless the present work will have many readers. The book is profusely illustrated, and admirably got up. Philip's Handy-Volume Atlas of the British Empire. {London ; Messrs. George Philip <•$• Son.) BESIDES the series of Gi plates, containing 120 maps and plans, this remarkable little atlas is furnished with a comprehensive and, consequently, an extremely useful index, and with geographical, statistical, and historical notes, compiled from unimpeachable sources of information, by Mr. J. Francon Williams, F.R.G.S. The maps of the various Colonies distributed over the surface of the globe are as large as the size of the volume will permit, and for completeness outvie anything on the same scale that we have seen. The typographical and cartographical execution are so nearly faultless that we fail to perceive error or blemish of any kind. Those of oui readers who require a compact, handy, and inexpensive atlas of the British Empire, assuredly cannot do better than invest in this small, yet elaborate, series of maps. OBITUARY Dr. Henry Martin Kelly died at Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, on February 5. Dr. Botha, District Surgeon of the Paarl, Cape Colony, died on January 30. Dr. Frederick Cumming died at his home, Grosvener, Petersham, N.S.W., on January 10. Mr. Bobert Munro, one of the oldest settlers in Selkirk, Manitoba, died there the other day. Mr. Philipus Albertus Myburgh, of Somerset West, Cape Colony, died the other day, aged 73 years. Mr. James Fitzgerald, Stipendiary Magistrate, died at Fogo, Newfoundland, on February 10, aged 79. Senator Wilson, of Maryland, U.S.A., a prominent Democrat, died suddenly at Washington on February 24. Mr. W. Boyne, one of the oldest Colonists in Natal, died at Durban on January 19. He went out to Natal in the " forties." Mr. Henry K. Enos, President of the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Bail way, died at New York of pneumonia on February 19. Mr. John Musgrave, an actor well known throughout the Australian Colonies, died in the Melbourne Hospital on January 8. Major A. Denny, of the 1st Battalion Connaught Ptangers, died at sea the other day on the Sutlej, on the voyage from Bombay. Mr. Henry Glasson, a well-known squatter in the Carcoar district (N.S.W.), died on January 10 at his Stanneld Station, aged 70 years. John White, a well-known Maori 'scholar, and author of the " Ancient History of the Maori," died at Auckland on January 13, aged 65. Captain Drysdale, who had for about 17 years been in the service of the Tasmanian Steam Navigation Company, died in Melbourne on January 8. Mr. Pierre Belisaire Andr6, one of the most highly-respected residents of Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, died there recently, at the advanced age of 90 years. Mr. William Harvey, secretary to Admiral Fremantle, Commander-in-Chief on the East India Station, died at Colombo suddenly the other day, from sunstroke. Mr. J. D. Bone, a well-known Colonist, died at Glenelg the other day. He had only recently returned to the Colony from a voyage to England for the benefit of his health. Mr. Francis W. Leblanc, late proprietor of the Florissante and Golden Grove Estates, Trinidad, died the other day, to the regret of a wide circle of friends in the Colony. The death is reported from Natal of Undwetshu, a native chief, whose tribe, the Amopepela, is located near Wallacctown aid the Lower Umkomanzi, which occurred on J ^nuary 19. Judge Lane died at Owen Sound, Ontario, the other day. lie was a County Court Judge, but previous to his appointment to this post in 1889 he took an active interest in local public affairs. Captain II. P. S. Ebridge, Adjutant of the Queen's West Surrey Regiment, died at Muballa, India, on January 28, from the effects of an accident at polo, lie was 32 years of aga, and an ofti 3er of great promise. Lieut. Edmund Walter Jamicson, Madras Staff Corps, Adjutant 3rd Burma Infantry, died on February 11, at Fort Stedman, Burma, of wounds received in attempting to arrest the murderer of his commanding officer. Hone te Wetere, Chief of the Ngatihikairo Maori tribe, was thrown from his buggy and killed at lvawhia last month. Hone was an old and well-known chief, and he acted an important p\rt in the boisterous times in the " sixties." THE AUSTRALASIAN FEDERATION CONVENTION. The Australasian Convention on Federation, convened in accordance with the resolutions of the conference at Melbourne last year for the purpose of framing a Constitution for the combined Australasian Colonies, will be opened at Sydney on March 2. The delegates from the different Colonies have all arrived in Sydney, and a good deal of excitement has been occasioned in that city by their visit. The following are the delegates : — jYew South Wales. —Sir Henry Parkes, Colonial Secretary and Premier; Mr. W. M 'Millan, Colonial Treasurer; Mr. J. P. Abbott, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly; Mr. G. 11 Dibb^, M .L.A. ; Mr. W. H.Suttor, M'X.C ; Mr. Edmund Barton, M .L.C. ; Sir Patrick Jennings, M.L.C. Victoria. —Mr. Jamo3 Munro, Premier and Treasurer; Mr. Duncan Gillies, M.L.A. ; Mr. Alfred Deakin, M.L.A. ; Mr. II J. Wrixon, M .L.A.; Lieut-Col. W. C. Smith, M.L.A.; Mr. II. Cuthbert, M.L.C; Mr. N. Fitzgerald, M.L.C. Queensland. —Sir S. W. Griffith, M.L.A , Chief Secretary and Premier; Sir Thomas M'llwraith, M.L.A., Colonial Treasurer; Mr. J. M. Macrossan, M.L.A.; Mr. A. Butledge, M.L.A.; Mr. J. Macdonald Paterson, M.L.C.; Mr. A. J. Thynne, M.L.C.; Mr. J. Donaldson, M .L.A. South Australia.— -Mr. II. Baker, M.L.C.; Mr. J. II. Gordon, M.L.C.; Sir J. C Bray, M.L.A., Chief Secretary; Mr. J. A. Cockburn, M.L.A., ex-Premier; Sir John W. Downer, M.L.A.; Mr. O. C Kingston, M.L.A.; Mr. T. Play ford, M.L A., Premier and Treasurer. Tasmania. —Mr. W. Moore, President of the Legislative Council; Mr. Adye Douglas, M.L.C ; Mr. B. S. Bird, M.H.A., Treasurer ; Mr. P. O. Fysh, M.L.C, Premier and Chief Secretary ; Mr, A. I. Clark, M.1I.A, Attorney-General ; Mr. N. J. Brown, M.li.A.; Mr. W. IT. Burgess, M If.A. The nam?s of the West Australian delegates are uncertain. The Convention will assemble at eleven o'clock on March 2, and it is expected that on that day only preliminary business will bo gone through. In the evening a banquet will be given by the New South Wales Ministry in honour of the delegates. It will take place in the Centennial Hall, and fully 800 guests will be present. Sir Henry Parkes will occupy the chair. There is to be only one toaat in addition to the loyal toasts. It will bo proposed by Sir Henry Parkes, and will be this—" One people, one destiny." The Convention will address itself to actual business on the following day. Telegraphic Address —" Safety," Kedruth, and "Safety," London. THREE GOLD MEDALS, 1884-5-6. |TW0 GOLD MEDALS, NEW ORLEANS, U.S.A.

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