LONDON PERSONAL NOTES
'(From our Special Correspondent.)
London. May 17. 1907 The King and Queen.
The Court would have been reinovce Windsor Castle for Whitsuntide if
Queen had returued to England before holidays, but now their Majesties are expected at Windsor until June 17. w they will reside at the Castle for a wi The King is to pay a visit during the W suntide holidays to Captain and Mr?. I ald_ Greville at Reigate Priory, where Majesty is expected to arrive on Satur afternoon. Captain and Mrs. Gre> have taken Reigate Priory for the sumí months. The Queen Anne house is \ attractive, and contains a few good
tures and some fine old carvings. ' grounds are extensive* and well wooei and they adjoin the beautiful heit! known at» Reigate Park. The house built on the site of an ancient priory Augustinian canons.
The Agent-General has had another week from the social point of view.
Friday night he was one of the guests the Anglo-Saxon Club at De Keyser's Ho but happily evaded speech-making.
Saturday he found some relief from
social round by taking Mrs. Jenkins i his daughter for a long country drive in region of Stoke Pogis, in the churchyard which parish Gray's Elegy is alleged
have been written, whilst in the chu' may still be seen the pew m which ' family of William Penn, the founder Pennsylvania, worshipped.
idondny found Mr. Jenkins enjoying more or less peaceful day's work in 1 office, with an evening at home; but
Tuesday night he was one of the compa at the Consular dinner at the Criterion, which most of the foreign consuls and th ladies were present. Don Something other was booked to respond to the to; I of the ladies, proposed by Judge Rento: but the Don escaped ere ho could be cal upon, so the chairman called upon t representative of South Australia to retv. thanks for the ladies.
On Wednesday Mr. Jenkins had anotl oratorical task thrust upon him at t annual New Zealand dinner, through t defection of Dr. Fitchett, who was down propose "Our visitors." Mr. Jenkins prov an agreeable substitute, his speech being happy little effort, much to the taste
those present, who had already undergo a severe ordeal in speeches from the Ni Zealand Agent-General and _ Sir Jose Ward, the Netf Zealand Premier, who tal quite as much as his predecessor in offi and twice as fait.
On Wednesday afternoon Mr. Jenkins i tended the Baltic to hear the addresses
Dr. Jameson and _ Mr. Deakin to the bu ness men of the city. Yesterday afternoi the Agent-General was on the platform the great meeting at Queen's Hall co veneei by the National Service League,
which Lord Roberts presided, and M Deakin and Lord Milner were, the princip speakers. The remarkable feature of ti meeting was the number of ladies presen and the way they cheered the Australi; Premier. Quite ..three-fourths of the nuel ence were of the eweeter sex, and the wi they plied gloved hands and parasol ent to evince their approval oî the silver tongued orator's observations on war ai peace was something worth seeing and hea ing. Their enthusiasm was reafly'wondc flit
Australians in England.
Sir Langdon Bonython and his son, M Frank Bonython, arrived by the Moldavi at Tilbury on Saturday. There was
motor car in readiness to take then} t London, and the weather being 'fine ti rather long drive was very enjoyable. S: Langdon is at present staying with Si John Cockburn at Upper Norwood. H hag been full of engagements. He spei a good deal of time on Wednesday wit the Prime Minister of Australia (Mi Deakin) and Sir William Lyne. _ In th afternoon he went with Mrs. Deakin to th exhibition of the Royal Academy, and a night dined with Mr. and Mrs. Deakin a the Hotel Cecil. He heard Mr. Deakin' address to the business men of the city o "Preference." It was, he says, a grea speech delivered to a most, importan gathering, which was enthusiastic in its es pressions of approval of the Prime Mini: ter's views* Sir Langdon and Mr. Fran Bonython spend the week-end at Tur
Mr. and Mrs. David Hogarth, who ai rived by the Mooltan on April 25, hav been enjoying their spell of life in Londo very much, in spite of the superabundanc of cold and rainy weather we have ha since the advent of spring, to say nothin of two belated fogs which the travellet encountered during their first two days i London. They were "pea-soupers," an gave the visitors a very bad impression o our climate to start with. After seeing
little more of London and environs Mt and Mrs. Hogarth go to the Concmenl They will return to the old country i: order to make brief tours in Scotland' an Ireland. They expect to be back in Sont! Australia about Christmas, and their pre sent intention is to return by Avay o America and New Zealand.
The Rev. W. G. Marsh, who came hoin by the Moldavia and arrived in London la« week, has been spending a pleasant tim' visiting the principal places of interest it the metropolis. His next move will be t* Glastonbury Abbey, in Somersetshire where he will spend a week or so. It i Mr. Marsh's intention to attend as man! of the Y.M.C.A. meetings and convention: as he possibly can during his stay in thi old country, and he will make a specia point of being present at the big meetinj at Belfast in June. On July 23 Mr. Marsl leaves for America to attend the Interna tional Y.M-CA. Convention, at Washing ton. as delegate for Australasia, and he will als.» represent Australia at the tri centennial of the first settlement of James town, Virginia. He will probably return to London early in January next, and pro- poses to leave Englanel in time to reach Adelaide at the beginning of April.
_Mrs. M. Davis, of the Academy of Music. Kensington, and Miss Angelita Davis arc now in London, and have taken up theil quarters at Regent's Park. En route te
England they travelled through the Conti-
nent from Marseilles via the Riviera, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and Holland, com- bining business with pleasure, and have secured the ¿ole right to sell in the Aus- tralasian colonies the Kilinski piano. Mi« Davis has been strongly recommended to give a pianoforte recital in London, and has decided to do so at the Salle Erard on June 3. She has secured the services of a good vocalist to introduce her own songs on that occasion, they having been pronounced very meritorious. Mrs. Davis and Miss Davis are both in good health and are enjoying London life immensely. Business of a private nature will keep them in London for some weeks, and they are unable . to sav when they will return to Australia. '
Miss Rees George, who arrived in Lon- don by the Moldavia last week-end, has come to England primarily to attenel the Educational Conference, to be opened next Friday at Caxton Hall, Westminster, as delegate from the South Australian branch of the League of Empire. The pro- ceedings in connection with this affair will occupy Miss George for a fortnight, after which she hopes to visit Nottingham, South Shields, and other places where she has friends or relatives living. Miss George has arranged to return to Australia by the Victoria, leaving London early in August.
Mr. W. G. Coombs, manager for South Australia and Broken Hill of the York- shire Insurance Company, has returned to London after a pleasant spell in York- shire, where he has, combined business with pleasure to his entire satisfaction. At present Mr. and Mrs. Coombs are seeing something of London from headquarters at ?
Mr. Otto Heggie bas returned from America, whither he went with Miss Ellen Terry's company. The young actor proved very acceptable to American audiences, and. I hear, is likely to go back to the States shortly under engagement to a well-knowr. manager there.
'Among the recent arrivals in London is
Mr. Rolfe Beaumont of North Unley,
lett Adelaide in March, and has been sp« nig some weeks in BrusseL». He ha.-, wife and family to bear him company,
j-- now- seeing the i-ights of London fi headquarters in York-road. Lambeth.
Heuuniont is on holiday-making beut,
will, no douht. follow the usual Austni visitor»' plan of leavening pleasure v the yeast of business,. He anticipate?,
mainir.g in the olri country for .--evi months to come, and in .ill probability . not see Adelaide again till next .April with you.
Among the passengers from Adelaide by the Moldavia was a happy little party from the Moonta district, including Mr. and Mrs. R. Eustice. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fischer. Mr. H. W. Darby. Captain R. Cowling, and Mrs. Schroeder (the hostess of the
Royal Hotel). They had a splendid pas sage, and enjoyed the trip immensely. At
present the party is seeing as much as pos sible of London together, but presently they will separate. Mr. Darby goes to
Wales to visit his aged father, whom he has not seen for nearly 30 years, and the rest propose first of all to see something of
Cornwall, Devon, and the west oountry generally. They are all due to sail again for Adelaide by the Mooltan, which leaves London on August 30, except Mr. Darby, who expects to follow a fortnight later by the Moldavia.
The Rev. Henry Howard is spending few weeks in the Isle of Wight, where is the guest of Dr. A. S. Way, forme headmaster of Wesley. College, Melbour Mr. Norman Howard is remaining in I> don a little longer in order to do the sig seeing round in company with his- old c lege friend. Mr. Frank Bonython.
Sir Josiah Symon, K.C., who is at p sent staying with his son at Oxford, has ( cided to leave England by the Omn which sails on May 31.
Mr. Strawbridge, the Surveyor-General South' Australia, arrived in London
Tuesday, and is rrow staying; at Chiddingfo in Surrey, which he considers a beauti;
Dr. and Mrs. Swift, who travelled Europe in the Moldavia, left that ves at Marseilles, it being their intention spend some weeks at Monte Carlo and the Riviera ere coming on to London.
Mr. Williams, Director of Education, w also a passenger by the Moldavia, and al landed at Marseilles in company with I Tate, Director of Education in Victor: They spent a week travelling throu; France, and reached England a couple days ago.
Another Moldavia passenger was Mr. J fred Wilkinson, who has come home wi his wife to make holiday. They are spen ing a few weeks at Brighton with Mr. W Mason's father, who has been reside there for'many years-in fact, almost ev since he left South Australia.
Among the recent callers at the Agèr, General's office were Lady Brown, Mr. ai Mrs. Alfred Wilkinson. Mr. W. < Coombs, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Porte Mr.'iA. Williams, and Mr. and Mrs. V
School Children and the Empire.
For several years the scholars of Le lands Council School. Leeds, have corre ponded with scholars in all the colonies, ar exchanged picture postcards and new papers. The colonial Premiers now i England have sent messages to the Lecf children through the head teacher. M
Dealdn's ran thus:
"My dear young friends, your teachei have told me of the correspondence whic is conducted between you and scholars i the schools of the oversea dominions of th Empire. I am sure that the interestirj character of your communications, not le; than the kindly spirit which prompts then meets with the warmest appreciation in a places to which they are addressed. It i hard for children bom in a new conntr like Australia to understand the world c tradition which succeeding centuries acci muíate; your old public buildings, housa rivers, and towns retain association which we cannot willingly let die. Thet are many means of promoting a patrioti spirit, but I know of none more likely in
mediately to awaken sympathy in those c your own age than the methods which yo have adopted. Australians ask nothing bel
.ter than to obtain as settlers and fellow-citi zens the enterprisingamong you when the are grown up, who wish to seek new home and yet. feel as we do the claims of the oh flag. Best wishes for your happiness an< prosperity."
In a further communication io Mi Watson, the head teacher, Mr. Deakin say that he is much interested in this fraterna intercourse between Leyland's scholars an* those in other parts of the Empire, as sucl communication ^cannot but help to drav closer the colonies to the mother country and he sincerely hopes that the happy ide: which., Mr. Watson is carrying into practici may be received with favor by other com
A Tennis Champion.
Anthonv Wilding brought off atrebh event at Wiesbaden, for, as I anticipated he not only won the open singles, and thu' retained the Wiesbaden Cup, which he wot last year, but he captured once more thi Wiesbaden Champion Singles, and, part nered by Simond. won the doubles. Ii the first-mentioned event Wilding wen! through to the final round with once on¿ set scored against him, namely, bv Simond whom Jie beat in the-first round. Ham mâcher, who was to have met Wilding i'i the final of the Cup. scratched, and let: the antipodean to walk over. In the Chara pionshin Wilding waltzed right through the competition, never a set being scored against him. His opponent in the final was Simond, but this time the latter failed to play up to his proper form, and was beaten bv 3 sets to love and l8 games te 5 (6-1. 6-2. 6-2). In the doubles Wild- ing arid Simond were ''all over"' their seve- ral adversaries in each round, including the final, in which they easily accounted for Renter and Kuetgem by three sets to love and l8 games to 8 (6-2. 6-2, 6-4). / _
This is the second time this year Wilding has secured the triple crown at a tourna- ment. In the London Covered Courts Chamnionships it will be remembered he won the Singles, and with M. G. J. Ritchie and Miss Eastlake Smith as partners won the Gentlemen's Doubles and the Mixed
After a splendid tussle the billiard match of-14,000 points up for £35 aside between Fred Weiss, the Australian ex-champion, and Cecil Harverson, the South African ex champion, at Thurston's Hall, ended last Saturday night in a victory for Weiss by the small margin of 224 points. During the first half of the game Weiss was at one period over 1,000 points behind, and later Hat verrou was nearly as far in arrears, but during the last few days the men played "neck and neck.'" When play was re- sumed on Saturday afternoon Weiss held an advantage of 108. but soon after starting Harverson went in front. Then Weiss came out with a magnificently-compiled 322, and I was leading by 309'points at the interval. At night the opening play promised a most exciting finish. Harverson went after Weiss, and actiiallv got to within 46 of his man. But then Weiss got going, and with 127, 99, and 119 unfinished, rushed to his points, the final scores being 14,000 to 13,776 in the Australian's favor. Taking into con- sideration that at -one stage he was con- siderably over 1,000 behind, Weiss' victory was a singularly good performance. He hail to play particularly well to win, for Harver- son was also in very good form. Indeed, it is open to doubt whether either played better billiards in any previous match, dur- ing the season. Altogether it was a very good match, and one contested on excel- lent sporting lines from start to finish.
The Australian Squadron.
Lieutenant R. C. Davenport has been ap- pointed to the third clasp cruiser Pegasus. Commander Warren H. D'Oyly, a* first and gunnery officer. Lieutenant Davenport, Who was recently doing duty aboard the battleship Duncan in the Channel fleet, entered the service in September, 1897, was promoted sub-lieutenant in 1901, and lieu- tenant in 1903. It is believed that the "protected'' cruiser, which is a prominent type in all our foreign squadrons, and of which the Australian Squadron is exclu- sively composed, will eventually cease to be built, and the improvements of naval gunnery become more pronounced.