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THE NEW GOVERNOR

GENERAL

LORD NORTHCOTE.

LONDON, August 8.

It is officially announced that Baron Northcote will succeed Lord Tennyson as Governor-General of the Commonwealth in December.

the comments of the newspapers show that Lord Northcote's selection gives gene- ral satisfaction. Besides his social gifts and personal advantages, stress is put upon his training as affording him an excellent preparation for his new post. His ripe ex- perience and tactful political sympathy are dwelt upon as valuable assets in the chief of a free'and democratic federation.

Lord Northcote (Sir Henry Stafford Northcote, Bart.), is the second son of the late Sir Stafford Northcote, M.P., who, after a long andan honorable career in the House of Commons, was made Earl of Id-

desleigh in 1885. Lord Northcote was- born j on November l8, 1846, and wa.s educated at Eton, afterwards iroing to Merton Col- lege, where he graduated as Master of Arts. He became a clerk in the Foreign Office in 1868, and three years later accompanied the Marquis of.Ripon to the United States, whither that nobleman went to arrange the Alabama treaty. Subsequently he was made secretar}* to the British Claims Commission, and while in Canada he met Alice, the adopted daughter of Lord Mount Stephen,

Loid Northcote, the new Governor

General of Australia.

whom he married in 1873. When Lord Salisbury went to Constantinople in 1876 as British Ambassador Extraordinary, at a time when the position of affairs in Turkey menaced the peace of Europe, Mr. North- cote went with him as private secretary, and in 1877 he became private secretary to his father, when the Earl of Iddesleign neld office as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Beaconsfield Cabinet. Lord Northcote held

chis position for three years, in the mean- while being appointed acting third secre- tary in the Diplomatic Service, and a Com- panion of the Bath.

In 1880 he stood in the Conservative in- terest for one of the Exeter seats, and was elected second on the poll, and when Lord Salisbury came into" office as Premier in

1885 Lord Northcote was made Financial Secretary to the War Office. He was Sur- veyor-General of Ordnance in the Salis- bury Ministry of 1886, but tendered his re- signation at the time when his father, a few days before his death (in 1887), was being jockeyed out of office. Ultimately, however, he consented to retain his post until the position was abolished, and (on November 23, 1887) its holder, by the ex- press wish or her Majesty Queen Victoria, was created a baronet, bo as to continue the name of "Sir Stafford Northcote." In 1891 he was made a Charity Commissioner, and in 1899 he was chosen to succeed Lord Sandhurst as Governor of Bombay, with a salary of 10,000 rupees per month and al- lowances. Early in the following year (January 20, 19001 he was raised to the "peerage as Baron Northcote of Exeter. His

lordship is still in Bombay, and in his capacity as Governor he took a prominent part early this year in the magnificent Coronation Durbar held by Lord Curzon at

Delhi. i 1

Lord Mount Stephen, whose adopted daughter Lord Northcote married, is a well-known and immensely wealthy Cana- dian banker. He went to the Dominion in 1850, and in conjunction with Lord Strathcona, the High Commissioner for Canada, was connected with many import- ant and extensive financial operations. He is president of the Bank of Montreal, and was head of the syndicate which contract- ed for the construction of the Canadian Pacific railway. Lord Mount Stephen has made several princely donations to public objects. He is now 74'years old, and was made a baronet in 1886, becoming a peer in 1891. He has no children of his own. Lady Northcote, his adopted daugh- ter, is also childless. \ -

Lord Northcote comes of a very ancient Devonshire house, - the first ancestor of whom record is found having been resi- dent at Northcote, in the parish of East Down, Devon, in 1103, just 800 years ago, when Henry I. was King of England. When the first Edward «scended the throne the Northcotes were a flourishing family, while so early as July . 16', 1641. John Northcote was created a baronet. He was a Sheriff of Devon, and a member of Parliament under . Charles I. This baro- net's eldest son married a sister of Lord High Treasurer Godolphin, first Duke of Leeds. The first Sir Stafford Northcote, the fifth baronet, was bora in May, 1736,

and he was followed bv two other Sir Staf- ford Northcotes, the latter of these being the celebrated statesman, who was created Earl of Iddesleigh, and whose second son is Lord Northcote, the new Governor General of Australia. Lord Northcote is .one of a large family. His eldest brother is-the pre-ent Earl of Iddesleigh. A second» brother, the Rev, ,John Stafford Northcote, is 'honorary chaplain to the King, and is married to a daughter of the late Dean Farrar. Another brother married a daugh- ter of the lion. Hamilton Fish, Secretary for War in the Administration of Gcnera'l U. S. Grant, and a ¡.ister of Mr. Stuyvcs ant Fish, president of the. Illinois Railway

Company.

Lord Northcote is a prominent. Free-

mason, and has boen provincial grund ' master for Devonshire since 1899. He is also a Kniglu Grand Cross of the Indian Kmpire, and i* a member of the Athenonim. Carlton, ¡>l. Janice, and St. Stephen's

club--. '

Sydney. August 9.

Lord Tennyson was yesterday informed by cable from the Secretary of State for the Colonies that the King had approved of the appointment of Lord Northcote as h;s Excellency's successor as Governor-General. II if> Excellency^ wiio is personally acquaint- ed with Loftl Northcote, stated that he was very pleased to hear of his appointment au' his successor. Lord Tennyson is sorry* to have to keep io his original intention of leaving in December, but owing to urgent private affairs his departure for England is

necessary.

Sir Edmund Barton, referring to the ap- pointment, said he thought it would be a successful one. Mr. Chamberlain tele-

graphed lo ¡.he Governor-General recently, asking whether the appointment of Lord Northcote .as Governor-General would b* acceptable.to the Government, and informed him that his lordship's Governorship of Bombay lind been conducir*.'! with marked success. From all Sir Edmund Barton could gather Lord Northcote Avas a man of proved ability and capacity.

' Melbourne, August 9.

The appointment of Lord Northcote as Governor-General was known to the Fede-' ral Government some days ago. The Go- vernment .were consulted by. the Imperial authorities to. ascertain whether the ap- pointment would be agreeable. The Go- vernment offered no objection. Their action towards the selection was, it is officially explained, one of neutrality.

Mr. Deakin, in a brief rhapsody, declares that the new Governor-General comes from "the hoary and weary age of India to the eager youth of these southern lands."

Sir John Forrest, who is nofc equal to this kind of language, says, that when in England he met Lady Northcote at a re- ception given by the Duke of Marlborough at Blenheim. Both himself and Lady For- rest were much struck by her brillianee and charm. Although at the time Lord North cote's name was mentioned in connection with the Governor-Generalship a stronger candidate was supposed to be the Duke of

Somerset. '

The1 salary of. the new Governor-General is £10,000 à year. There is also an appro- priation, of £6.015 annually for the main- tenance of the Government Houses in Mel- bourne and Sydney. The appointment. is "during pleasure."

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