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The New Zealand Mail from Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand • 11

Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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Aligust 24 1894 spot" the latter instantly though Miss Braddon tries heroically to lead us off on false scents I must confess that when I found her dwelling insistently on the fidelity of the white haired old bailiff Orlebar I was almost inclined he being the unlikeliest person in the book to commit to suspect him instead of the obviously wicked major The new or Edinburgh edition of works was more than sub scribed as soon as issued the circular It is intended to issue them in crimson cloth with gilt top and paper title The volumes will be printed in best style i like Lyra Heroica" and Barrack Room Ballads" If any proof were wanting that ihe two remarkable volumes of beau monde gossip Englishman in Paris" and Parisian Note which Mr Albert Vandam sponsored were not his own work it would be found in the novel called Mystery of the Patrician Club" the Globe correspondent has just brought out This book unquestionably is pure Vandam at least as much of itas Boisgobey and Gaboriau have not in spired Mr Vandam seems to have dili gently studied the detective romances of these worthies But nevertheless no hand at a murder mystery We read twenty pages of his story before we know why thewaiter at the Patrician Club was made away with and who committed the crime Another Paris correspondent Mr Woods of the Chronicle has written much better yarns of this description The Passenger rom Scotland Yard" was really good of its kind You should however put Mystery of the Patrician Club on your library list if only to contrast its style with that of Englishman in Paris" ar the best of the recent pseudonyms is Pigtail and Other Cues of Anglo China Life" by Mr Not only are the scenes and stories fresh giving us glimpses of a practically un known country but Mr has per ception humour a rough sort of pathos and a very respectable style of his own The booklet in short is well worthighteenpence I Lady volume ot essays will be entitled Lesser Questions" and is to be published presently by Remington and Co Be sure and note Norman admir able Cricket Precepts of Baloo" in the Pall Mall Budget of the 21st It is the best parody on Kipling yet attempted and excellent also from the point of view The new story by Mrs Annie Edwardes which commences in Temple Bar for July will be called Adventuress" and run to about the same length as Miss A Beginner" The latter is now in its fourth edition Cornhill for July has also a new serial A atal Reservation" and contains the first chapter of James Gleams of Memory" Mrs Was Lost and is ound" which commenced in June Blackwood has for its heroine an old lady of sixty and I expect will prove like Madonna Mary" an illustration of what maternal love will suffer for a beloved though worthless object The subject is one this authoress often returns to vide Madam" A Rose in une" A House Divided Against Itself" and several of her earlier works The Woman at Home for July is a good numberi I did not care for this magazine at first but it has improved steadily and nice women of all classes seem to like it The July number contains an interesting illustrated article on the wonders of Welbeck Abbey a story (complete) by Mrs Hungerford a detective tale called Sacred Sapphire" and plenty of talk about dress fashions cookery etc Olive Schreiner who is a capital talker tells a wonderful story of a bright stone which was one of the favourite playthings of herself and brothers and sisters It was about the size of a walnut and flashed in such an odd way they called it the candle stone" Not till she had quite grown up and the candle stone had long been lost did any of them realise that it was a diamond doubtless of immense value The Kimberley mines were in the unknown future but this stone must have been washed down somehow from there to the Karoo Mrs rank Leslie whose unfortunate marriage with the too Bohemian Willie Wilde is said to have completely broken her health and spirits has just sold the American papers and magazines she managed so successfully to a company Everybody was sorry for this capable lady during the season she spent in London Dressed fittingly the clever business woman would have made many nice friends but she went in for rouge and juvenility and finally two very queer customers got hold of her Mr Willie Wilde a naughty man but so interesting" was one and the Mar quis de Leuville the other The Marquis all but captured the prey in fact Mrs Leslie had actually ar ranged to marry him when awkward" leaked out She left for NEW ZEALANL MAIL America and Willie Wilde followed and married her He was going to reform of course but found American drinks too alluring to resist and after a miserable eighteen months Mrs Leslie divorced him I Lane and Common Sense" is the title of Mr Andrew spook book" of which a most amusing review appears in Westminster Gazette I should like to reproduce the whole of it but as you Mr Editor would probably consider that to quote the favourite phrase steep" the following excerpt must sufficed He says There are several ways of approaching the consideration of the spook There is the literary person's way regarding the spook simply as providing a certain amount of eerie There is the religious way which rather takes the form of refusing to approach it at all because it is of the devil There is the solemn and scientific Psych ical Researcher who denies that it is devilish but some times makes it devilishly dull Among respectful believers there is your sombre sort for whom the spook is a thing of deadly earnest especially in the dark and on the other hand there is Mr Stead bouncing in among the properties of Borderland" with the air of one who smacks the spook on the back and con siders that no family should be without one Then among sceptics there is Pro fessor Huxley who says he can do raps with his big tee and declined the Dialec tical invitation to help in in vestigating with the remark that he would as soon listen through a telephone to the chatter of old women and curates in the nearest cathedral town" Mr Andrew position is none of these It is avowedly that of bellettristic trifler" as Mat thew Arnold once called himself It is anthropological and anti quarian" We should say that the Lang of Cock Lane and Common Sense" as he characteristically miscalls his Spook book is a mixture of the Lang who writes or used at odd times to write serious poetry and the Lang of Custom and My He trifles bellettristically around ghosts hallucinations witch baitings crystal gazing and the relation of ghosts to religion and to the law treats the scientific sceptics to some rather pretty Socratic dialectic and Socratic irony and concludes what? Broadly that there is a deal of queer matter worth looking into Of the im plied alternatives of the title he is decidedly more for Lane" than for Sense" He almost cham pions the eccentric spook associated with Scratching anny in the famous Lane as against the facile sneers of a Dr John son and a Walpole while Common Sense is throughout this volume a thing which Delivers brawling judgments all day long On all things unashamed Mr Aubrey Beardsley whose weird and grotesque pasters and illustrations repre sent the latest development of fin desiecle art is a shadowy young man with a flabby manner Oscar Wilde describes him as A silver hatchet with green hair" and my impression is he tries to live up to this lucid description LONDOH GOSSIP rom Our Special Correspondent London July 14 reception at the imperial institute Ever since the Agent General made his felicitious first appearance at the Colonial Institute three years ago he has been noted for doing and saying the right thing in just the right way therefore went to the Imperial Institute last riday even ing confident that Sir Westby and Lady reception in honour of Sir George Grey would be what the chappies call thoroughly well Nor were we disappointed The arrangements from first to last proved admirable and in the most perfect taste There was plenty of space to move about in both reception rooms and gardens a sufficiency of excel lent music supplied by Mr Dan Godfrey and his Grenadiers and by the Blue Hun garians and any amount of good things to eat and drink As a rule receptions in London especially big functions of this sort are formal and frigid to a degree But on riday we were thoroughly sociable and the guests who failed to enjoy themselves must have been hard to please indeed This no doubt arose in a great measure from so many of those present knowing one another I suppose there had ever before been so many New Zealanders under one roof in England Old friends met who had not seen each other for years Hearty and surprised greetings were to be heard on every side in fact the atmosphere generally seemed charged with geniality and cor diality The invitations issued numbered 1000 and of these nearly 600 accepted the greatest care having been taken to avoid accidental omission of colonists or of those associated with the prosperity of New Zealand If any were overlooked it was through want of knowledge of their ad dresses and I may point out that colonial visitors who neglect to register their whereabouts in England at Westminster Chambers must expect to miss whatever is going of this sort Amongst the distinguished guests who were invited were that great little man otherwise Lord Roberts and Lady Roberts (who came with Sir John and Lady Pender) the Marquis and Marchioness of Ripon Lord and Lady Knutsford General and Mrs ielding Sir Geo Baden Powell Sir Chas and Lady Tupper Lord and Lady Onslow Sir George Bowen and Lady Bowen Sir Jas and Lady ergusson Sir Hercules and Lady Robinson the Dowager Lady Clifford Sir John Hall Bishop Sel wyn and Mrs Selwyn Sir Edward and Lady Stafford Captain and Mrs Ashby and all the Australian Agents General and their wives NEW ZEALAND GUESTS Every part of the Colony of New Zealand was well represented Among the Auck landers whom I noticed were Mr Comis key (looking genial as ever) Mr and Mrs McCosh Clark Miss Coates Mrs and Miss armer Major and Mrs George Dr Hope Lewis and Mrs Lewis Mr Main waring Mr Montrose Mr A Rath bone Mr and Mrs Wood Dr and Mrs isher and Miss of Parnell besides several others The Wellington contingent was in strong force Prominent among the invitants from the capital were Mr George Beetham Mrs Beetham and the Misses Beetham Mi Green (formerly of the Bank of New Zea land) and Mrs Green the Hon John ston Mrs Johnston and Miss Emily John ston Mr Randal Johnson Mrs and Miss Johnson Mr and Mrs Jackson Dr Kemp Mrs and Miss Kemp Mrs Ballance Mr and Mrs Otterson Dr and Mrs Guthrie Mrs Percival Johnston Miss Schultze Johnston and Mr Douglas Johns ton and Mr and Mrs Rous Marten I rom Christchurch were Mrs Reeves Mr and Mrs Edwards Mr Stanley Edwards Mr Loughnan and Mrs Loughnan and Mr Triggs Among the guests from Dunedin were Dr Maunsell Mrs and Miss Maunsell Mr Cargill Mr Cargill and Mrs Cargill Mr and Mrs Gibbs Dr Christie Miss Large Mr aithful Begg Mrs and Miss Begg Napier was repre sented by Mr and Mrs Birch and Nelson by Mrs Shepherd Among other well known colonists who were invited were Mr and Mrs and Miss Buchanan Mr Cowie Mr and Mrs and Miss Cowie Mr and Mrs Ducroz Mr and Mrs Hill Jack Mr and Mrs and the Misses Kennaway Mr Mrs and the Misses Kennaway Mr Douglas Le Cren Mr and Mrs Palliser Mr and Mrs Slazenger Mr and Mrs Sass and Mr Sass Mr Tegetmeier (Bank of New Zealand London) Mr Walker and Mrs Walker Mr Wickstead Mr Von Haast Mrs Ernest Tanner Mrs Percy Adams and Miss Ames The guests began to arrive shortly after half past 9 and were received by Sir Westby and Lady Perceval in the vestibule of the Imperial Institute The western gardens were brilliantly illumi nated by variegated lamps and resembled a scene from the Arabian Nights Enter Sir George Grey arrived shortly after 10 and received a most hearty and cordial greeting from Sir Westby and Lady Perceval Throughout the remainder of the evening the veteran Governor and statesman was engaged in receiving the warm greetings of old colonists and renew ing his connection with old friends who had been associated with him in bygone years There was something strikingly touching in the spectacle of the distinguished guest of the evening surrounded by a group of New Zealanders and their descendants and receiving their congratulations you remember Sir George when I used to play croquet on Government House lawn asked a lady who introduced her daughter a pretty debutante Do you recollect pre senting me with a prize at Mrs queried another matron you remember my father who was Speaker of the first Provincial Council of Welling ton eagerly asked a third Of course he remembered How could he find it in his heart to forget But he must have been glad of a respite from these touching reminiscences when he could retire to a seat in a quiet corner and talk over great affairs of State with Sir Saul Samuel and other veteran statesmen At midnight the party broke up amidst much handshaking and hearty good wishes There were many who had enjoyed a pleasant reunion after long years of separa tion by wide distances and who realised the uncertainty of their ever meeting again On every hand one heard nothing but universal expressions of pleasure and gratification at the thoroughly enjoyable way in which the evening had been spent It was in fact a characteristic colonial gathering marked throughout by the most perfect harmony and absence of constraint and it will be remembered with pleasure by all who were present Nothing could have been more appropriate or consonant with the feelings of Sir George Grey him self and to Sir Westby and Lady Perceval belongs the credit of having contrived and carried through with remarkable eclat the most graceful and fitting compliment to the veteran statesman that could pos sibly have been chosen The following is a description of some of the most noticeable costumes worn by the ladies on the occasion Lady Perceval wore a very rich cream brocade gown with pink roses puffed sleeves and high collar diamond crescent in hair and ruby ornaments Miss Johnston (sister of Lady Perceval) wore a very handsome grey broche silk costume with pink sequins and velvet diamond and torquoise ornaments Mrs Percival Rich ivory satin gown long train with petticoat of deep lace flounces and black velvet roulettes low bodice with black velvet revers form ing Mercury wings on shoulders diamond ornaments Miss Schultze White muslin Mechlin lace trimmings satin rosettes fresh white roses in bodice a simple and charming costume Mrs armer Black brocade with rich Maltese lace diamond necklace and orna ments Miss Rich soft black silk with handsome cream lace and ornaments to match Mrs Dr Elegant pale green silk pale pink sleeves low bodice with Maltese lace handsome moonstone ornament Mrs McCosh Black satin with Watteau train primrose brocade petticoat I diamond ornaments I Mr Johnston Pale blue brocade satin white lace and diamond ornaments Mrs Maunsell Handsome terra cotta silk with Watteau train Mrs Ernest Tanner Rich yelloiv silk trimmed with white lace diamond star Mrs Percy Adams Pale pink silk pale green velvet sleeves and trimming pear necklace Mrs George Very rich black velvet costume with Spanish mantilla ornaments to match Miss White watered silk gown and handsome Watteau train Mrs Jackson Grey satin with pink chiffon gold and diamond ornaments Mrs Palliser Very pretty cardinal silk with cream lace Miss Ames Cream and pink silk diamond ornaments Mrs Rous Marten Pink silk gown with rich lace Mass Johnson Very handsome black velvet costume white silk trimmings Honiton lace and diamond ornaments LITERARY TREASURE TROVE An accidental discovery was made the other day which has proved a most agree able surprise to your GOM About a week ago the manager of the store department of Henry Sotheran and Co the big book sellers in Piccadilly read in his evening paper of the National Liberal Club lunch to Sir Geo Grey It then struck him that ever since he could remember a musty old parcel had stood in their store marked with this name He men tioned the coincidence to his principal re marking you think this parcel can belong to the New Zealand Mr Sotheran looked up his ledgers and found that it did The parcel contained books sent Home for sale in 1853 by Sir George Grey Only a few had been dis posed of and these were the balance Mr Sotheran of course at once commu nicated with his old customer and in due course the parcel was sent to Park Place It proved to contain about 280 copies of three now very rare books written and published by the GOM of the South more than 40 years ago These are mostly copies of The Poetry of the New by Sir George Grey KCB published by Robert Stoakes at Wellington in 1853 The other books are The Mythology and Traditions of the New published by George Willis at 42 Charing Cross in 1854 and Maori being a series of addresses presented by the Native people to Sir George Grey KCB and dated 1853 The value of this literary treasure trove is you may imagine considerable and I found Sir George in high glee over their recovery It es not often happen that a book improves in value by keeping but these without doubt are worth treble what they were when first sent over SALVATION ARMY MAORIS The Salvation Army Maoris brought over from Wanganui by Major Kempstride are to be entertained at tea next week by Mr Montrose who has promised to exhibit them for the benefit of Lady Cook and his Rights friends There are three men and a girl altogether and the girl can according to Sir Grey sing like an THE LABOUR WORLD An extraordinary general meeting of the Eight Hours Demonstration Committee was held last week in the Trades Hall Mr A Collins in the chair A discussion took place with reference to the recommenda tion of the Public Works Committee of the City Council that the use of the Basin Reserve be not granted for Demonstration Day A deputation consisting of Messrs Collins isher Rutter Warner Pearce McIntyre Whiteford and Binnie was ap pointed to wait on the City Council with reference to the matter The deputation interviewed the City Council later on when Mr isher said they were willing to pay any fee and make good any damage and if the application was not granted it would simply mean the de monstration could not be held The Com mittee would undertake to rail off such part of the Reserve as the Council should mark out The deputation having retired Councillor raser moved that their request be complied with subject to conditions to be settled by the City Surveyor after con sultation with the Committee of the Cricket Association This was seconded by Coun cillor Barber and carried Councillor Petherick being the only dissentient The usual weekly meeting of the Trades Council was held on Saturday evening Mr Allan Ward (president) in the chair A letter was read from Mr Bell match manufacturer in reply to the letter sent by the Council with reference to the strike at Messrs Bell and factory in London Mr Bell stated that as the Council had not sent the article quoted from the Weekly Dispatch he was unable to reply to the queries contained in the letter He trusted the Council would bear in mind that there were two sides to every question He was quite sure that his action had been at all times not only perfectly just but liberal also The secretary was in structed to lay before Mr Bell the article referred to also letters written by the shareholders in favour of arbitration which appeared in a recent issue of the Dispatch A letter was read from the Colonial Treasurer who said that the communication expressing disapproval of the proposed duty on fruit had been re ferred to the Tariff Committee The ques tion of drafting a set of rules to conform with the Industrial Conciliation Bill was adjourned till next meeting It was re ported that some persons were in the habit of doing printing after working hours at their private residences and it was decided to ask the honorary solicitor if it were necessary to register a printing press The Parliamentary Committee were directed to interview several of the members and urge them to support Mr Bill giving householders a vote at the muni cipal elections The result of the ballot by members of the branches of the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants upon the question of the acceptance of the con ditions as to the recognition of the Society is as follows or 1120 against 4 in formal 15 The full programme of the proceedings in connection with the Eight Hours De monstration Day which is to be celebrated on October 10th is advertised in the NZ Times and there appears to be every prospect of the affair being a great success The proceedings will commence with a grand procession of the various trades and unions accompanied by bands leaving the Government Buildings en route for the Basin Reserve at 930 am On arrival at the Reserve the sports will commence and the Sports Committee are certainly to be congratulated on having prepared a most attractive programme of events The chief feature of the racing will of course be the Eight Honrs Demonstration Handi cap of 100yds 220yds 440yds and 880yds In each event the prizes will be £3 10s £2 and 10s and the Bland Holt Cup will go to the competitor gaining the greatest number of points Should a tie occur it will be decided by running off at 100yds Another feature of the programme is the Eight Hours Demonstration Bicycle Handicap distances one three and five miles for trophies valued at £3 10s £2 and 10s A cup which must be won two years in suc cession or three times at intervals and which is to be held by the Committee until finally won will go to the winner of the greatest number of points Winners in these events will have the privilege of choosing their oivn trophies There are also trades races hurdle handicaps walk ing handicap wrestling competition a high jump event mile handicap and a very pleasant sport may be anticipated In the evening a grand concert will be held at the Opera House for which a varied pro gramme is being arranged and the usual art union will also be held in connection with the demonstration Sydney August 16 A detachment of shearers from New Zea land has been sent out west The strike has practically terminated in the Moorie district The men are resuming under the old agreement while a lew sheds are working with police protection under the new agreement Sydney August 17 About 140 Unionists attacked the To larno Home Station Menindie district with the object of capturing a number of free labourers but the latter sought refuge and the attempt was unsuccessful The men then wrecked and looted the non camp A woolshed on the Natalie Station Wil cannia was set on fire but the flames were extinguished without damage Twenty eight sheds in the Coonamble district have started shearing under the old agreement Three of the sheds have accepted the new agreement and seven have refused to accept it the latter being filled with non Unionists Sydney August 20 The pastoralists consider that the diffi culty as far as obtaining a sufficiency of men is concerned has passed At the Kallara station in the Bourke district 300 Unionists attempted to burn a shed but failing in the attempt they rushed the buildings with the intention of destroying them The police were obliged to fire before the men were repulsed but no one was injured A train conveying free men was bom barded with stones at Echuca several of the men and a constable being injured Brisbane August 16 Details show that a constable who was sleeping in the shed at Thargomindah was overpowered by 20 men several of whom were armed with revolvers blindfolded and guarded till the shed was well alight He was then tied to a tree and the men left A very pleasant evening was spent at the Working Club Monday night when a concert was given to commemorate the opening of the new premises The social hall was crowded with the members their wives and friends and a large number of people had to be content with standing room on the landing The concert which consisted of about twenty items was a great success all of them being heartily applauded and several encored Contributions were given by Messrs Widdop Woodcock Henderson Austin Coltman Elli son Lane Thornhill Greenwood Munt and Hall and the orches tra under the conductorship of Mr King gave several capital selections During the evening refreshments were sup plied to the guests the catering being in the capable hands of Mr Scott Before the concert began Mr Heginbotham one of the vice presidents of the institution in the absence of the president Mr Adams who is now away from the city on a holiday extended a hearty welcome to the visitors andvlater on in the evening Mr Hutson ex president of the Club addressed the audience He said as moverf the resolution that the entertainment should be given he most heartily thanked them for their attendance and he also ex pressed his pleasure at seeing so many ladies present As they were aware it was his ambition to have ladies admitted to the Club He hoped to see the Club carried on on a still larger scale The arrange ments in connection with the concert were ably carried out by the Entertainment Committee of which Mr Widdop was chairman the secretary (Mr Williams) giving most valuable assistance The Government has granted £150 for expenditure on the Kimbolton road part of which is sadly in need of repair as pointed out by the deputation who recently interviewed the Minister for Lands The Customs duties collected at this port last week amounted to £5501 15s and the beer duty to £38 Is 5d.

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