IN and OUT of the CITY
TO-DAY'S WEATHER FORECAST
Unsettled, with showers fairly generally. Some thunderstorms. Northerly winds, soon veering to squally west and south-west winds, with gales and rough coastal weather
The recent cabled report that a man in Germany had spoken continuously for 120 hours dwarfed the performance of Col. J. W. Castine, who, many years ago, held
the floor in the House of Assembly from 11 p.m. until nearly 8 o'clock in the morn- ing. The record of the ex-member for Wooroora still holds good in South Aus- tralia. The late Mr. T. H. Brooker had tabled a motion in favour of a block of land ad- joining the Police Courthouse being set apart for the purposes of a trades hall. Col. Castine moved an amendment to in- sert "and conciliation" after the word 'trades,' but Mr. Brooker declined to accept it. The memorable stonewalling effort followed. Neither of the members gained his point. By arrangement, the late Mr. George Ash raised a point of order after the record breaker had been speaking for some hours, and spun it out sufficiently to enable the latter to slip out from the Chamber and swallow a cup of tea. A Gordon Quotation. ____________________ In response to my invitation, 'W. N. T', 'Evander', 'Algy', and other corres- pondents have correctly quoted, and ap- portioned to its proper place (which is 'Ye Wearie Wayfarer' Fytte IV.), the Adam Lindsay Gordon quatrain mentioned in this column on Saturday as having been garbled by a London paper, and attributed to Kipling. The verse runs:— No game was ever yet worth a rap For a rational man to play. Into which no accident, no mishap, Could possibly find its way. The personal allusion in the next two lines --'If you hold the willow, a shooter from Wills may transform you into a hopper' —is to one of the first great Australian cricketers A Senator and Others. _________________ Senator Robinson, whom I met in the street the other day, tells me that he likes his job in the Senate, and goes home to Balaklava from Canberra once a month. The owner of Werocata perhaps got his flair for politics from a family connection in Spencer Perceval, a son of the Earl of Egmont, who was Prime Minister of Bri- tain from 1809 until 1812, when he was assassinated in the House of Commons by a bankrupt with a grievance, who had ap- pealed without avail to him for redress. Chatting about reunions, the breezy Senator recalled his youthful days at the Stanley Grammar School with Alf and Dr. John Corbin, the Kithers, F. H. Escott, Roy Braddock (now managing director of Gollin & Co., in Sydney), Alec and Jim Maitland, the Wiltshires, and Roberts, of Blyth, Don Smith, of Yackandandah, A. J. Hector, and others. At Roseworthy College, under Professor Lowrie, Senator Robinson was a contemporary of W. J. Colebatch, who eventually became princi- pal, and of the late Arthur Hurtle Mor- phett, a bosom pal. 'We sat for the entrance exam together,' the Senator re- marked, 'and shared the same room. He was a man with high ideals, and left be- hind a wonderful record and reputation at Roseworthy College.' Senator Robinson is the first old Rose- worthy College student to be returned to tbe Federal Parliament, and his two boys were the first sons of an old scholar to get their diplomas. The first old scholars in the State Parliament were Mr. Justice Angas Parsons and the Hon. G. F. Jenkins. The senator's father, the late George Septimus Robinson, was the seventh son of a Doctor of Divinity at Dublin University. Four sons went into the church, and four into the army, but G. S. came out to Australia as a young fel- low of 18. Manufacturers' President. ____________________ F. N. Simpson (known far and wide to his friends as Fred) the president of the South Australian Chamber of Manufac-
tures, will have a busy time this week. In addition to taking a keen interest in his own business, he has a fine sense of ser- vice to the community, and is well versed in matters of importance to the State gene- rally. With his brother Alan and Mr. J. A. H. Minagall he is a director of A. Simpson & Son, Limited. This business was founded by Alfred Simpson, the grandfather of Fred, on his return from the goldfields in 1853. It was started in Topham street with a few employes, but to-day the hands number between 500 and 600. Fred was born in King William street, Kent Town, and was educated at P.A.C. He lived for many years in the old home in Young street, Parkside. This was at one time John L. Young's schoolhouse. To-day the old place is divided into flats and houses 11 families. Curiously enough Alfred Simpson purchased J.L.. Young's old school in Freeman street— the old ___________________________
AS OUR CARTOONIST SEES HIM. Mr. F. N. Simpson, President of the South Australian Chamber of Manufactures.
AS OUR CARTOONIST SEES HIM. Mr. F. N. Simpson, President of the South Australian Chamber of Manufactures. ______________________________
congregational Chapel where Thomas Quin- ton Stow preached. Mr. A. M. Simpson, the father of Fred, went into Parliament on a wave of Protection. While he was in the Legislature payment of members was introduced. Mr. Simpson had ex- pressed himself as opposed to this, and to show his sincerity he devoted his salary to prizes for rifle shooting, in which he was a keen believer. Talking to me on Saturday morning Fred Simpson said: — 'William. Kyffin Thomas was a lieutenant in the red coat company in which my father served.' Fred Simpson entered the business of A. Simpson & Son when he was 15½ years old. About 20 years ago he became a member of the council of the Chamber of Manu- factures. His grandfather was the first vice-president of that body in 1875, Sir Samuel Davenport being the first presi- dent. Early exhibitions of manufactures were conducted by the Chamber, but then lapsed, and the work was carried on by the Royal Agricultural Society, with which body Mr. A. M. Simpson linked up, and eventually become president. Fred Simp- son is a keen worker for the Liberal Fede- ration.' He takes an interest in his gar- den on Dequetteville terrace, and Harry Rymill and I often run into him at the races on Saturday afternoon. He has owned a horse or two, but races for the sport, his investments on the tote being very modest. He married a daughter of Joseph Wilcox, of Hackney, and, has two sons and two daughters. Fred Simpson is a well balanced, good, all round man, and a fine type of citizen.