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The many friends of Mr Alfred Tennyson Dickens, son of the famous novelist Charles Dickens, will learn with deep regret of his death in America, news of which was cabled from New York yesterday morning to his manager in Melbourne, Messrs J. and N.   Tait who about 18 months ago arranged for Mr. Dickens to make a tour of England and America. Mr. Dickens's lectures on his father's life and works, which were first   given in Melbourne, met with great success in England. But it was from America that     fine results were expected, and when Mr. Dickens landed in New York early in Octo- ber he was most enthusiatically welcomed, President Taft and other distinguished       American citizens greeting him invita-     tion in a recent letter received from Mr Dickens by his managers in which he re ferred to the great kindncss being shown to     him by the American people, he stated that     he had solemnly contracted with them that his visit to America was in the nature     of a lecture tour only, and that he would

allow no invitations to interfere with his

appearences, and not once from the very     inception of the tour, did Mr Dickens dis-        

appoint an audience. The great interest.   taken in his American tour can be gathered,       from the fact that fees amounting to as   much as £300 were paid for a single lecture, and it is greatly to be regretted that, just     as he was meeting with long-deferred suc- cess he should not live to reap the benefits of his triumphs

Mr Dickens was in his 66th year. He   came to Australia from England in the   early sixties in company with his brother, Mr. Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens, their   father having a desire that they should enter into pastoral life Mr. Edward

Dickens subsequently became a member of     the New South Wales Parliament. For

about 40 years prior to his departure for England Mr Alfred Dickens had resided, continuously in Victoria, some years of that       period being spent in the Hamilton district       where he was in business as a stock and sta- tion agent, as a member of the firm of   Bree, Dickens, and Co. , of Hamilton, but     in later years after he returned to Mel-

bourne he had a good many misfortunes to face, Mr Dickens was twice married and       his second wife and two daughters of his

first marriage who are residing in Mel-   bourne,, survive him.