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EARL BEAUCHAHP ON AUSTRALIA.

. Earl Beauchamp held forth on the anti podes last Saturday night at the weekly debate of the St. John's Literary and De bating Society, Brixton. He saw no reason why the Commonwealth should be joined by New Zealand, which he described as one of the most promising colonies, and in which during his six weeds' stay he- saw neither a single beggar nor a single drunk ard. After referring to the smallness of the population in Australia, and the ab

sence ot any indication of improvement in this respect,, he drew a contrast between the residents of Sydney and Melbourne, which was not flattering to the former. In Melbourne he said the Sabbath was ob served with Scotch solemnity, while the freedom in Sydney savored of. Puris. He trusted that Federation would dispel the jealousy between the two cities. At the outset the Australian Premiers were (according to the ex-Governor ot New South Wales) adverse to Australia rendering assistance to the mother country in the war, but their hands were forced by the outburst of spontaneous loyalty among the people. The men up country were capable of making the finest scouts in the world? and England should send out a staff of officers to organise and give the neces sary instruction to these men, so that we should always have a first-class body of pro perly trained and equipped men to fall back upon at any time the situation domanded. In spite of the terrible droughts there was a great field open for labor for those ivho would live on the soil, and not flock to the towns. The education of Australian chil dren was open to great improvement. More Australians should come to England, and more d'rom this country visit Australia. We should thereby learn more as to what was taking place there, and new and up-to-date methods would be imported for the benefit of the Commonwealth. He thought the colonies should be represented in the Cabi net, and that in the discussion of matters of foreign policy and Imperial defence Agents-General and representatives of ihe colonies should take a Email part, though this could not be expected at present.

Mr. Harold F. Cammell, who has been louring in the United Kingdom and Ire lund for the past month, has returned to London for a spell, and is located pro tern. at 18, Montague-street. Among the cullers at Crosby-square this week was Lord Kilmorey. who has only just recovered from a bad bout with' an affection of the heart, which kept him n close prisoner for Eome time. His lord ship appears to have entirely abandoned his outer harbor scheme. Who will be the next to take u? the trail of 'Madame Midas,' Geiorsre -Bniley, and hv? lordship? They can easily pick it up in London. Mr. Grainger is responsible for the fol lowing yarn. At the conclusion of a ser mon preached to a fashionable congregation in a certain much patronised church, the rector said, 'My friends, you all know how anxious I have alwnys been to attract the very poorest of the poor to this church. Judcing from the collection this morning, my efforts in this direction appear to have been most successful.' Mr. Clarke, headmaster of the Bath-road board-school in London, has taken strontjlv to the lantern slide method of 'imparting m-: struetion to the younc; in geography, hie loiy, zoology, and physical geography, and has himself made over 2,000 slides. The other eveninpr his subject wns 'Australia,' and as the pictures appeared on the screen, Mr. Cl&rko (lave a sacy, succinct -account of the Wise of the Commonwealth. The Bath road scholars thoroughly enjoy this melhod of instruction, and their intelligent answers to queries ever and anon interjected by Mr, Clarke conclusively proved that the oxy hydrogen lantern and its accompaniments are of very real value in educating a large number of' scholars at one time. Mr. Clarke could do with some up:t6-date Australian slides. Verb- sap. ' . . I regret, to learn of the death last Satur day at Ludlowof Commander John Phil- 1 lips Walcot, R.N., at the comparatively , early age of 52. Commander Waleot, who ! entered the navy in 1803, and achieved his ; lieutenancy ten years 'Sater, retired from I the Imperial navy in 1883, and in April of the yenr following was appointed captain ' d' the South Australian gunboat Protector, nnd nenior officer of the naval forces of the colony. He was given local seniority in i 1891, with brevet rank as post captain. j The Australian sword ot honor is to be presented by Mr. Copeland to MajorGene ral Baden-Powell on the afternoon of the 6th, the 7th, or the 8th of November, at \he Imperial Institute. I understand that

Mr. Chamberlain has consented to preside at the function if a suitable date can be fixed, and if the War Office concur. Mr. Chamberlain, however, is now at Edin burgh, so that the date is not yet settled. There seems, however, to be a fatality that prevents the Colonial Secretary from at tending colonial functions, so I shall _not be surprised if at the last moment he is ' un avoidably detained.' Mr. P. B. Burgoyne, 'the father of the Australian wine trade,' is, 1 hear, con templating an Australian tour with his family during the ensuing winter. ^ Mr. Burgoyne's eldest son is 'in the firm,'«but the younger, who is now at Oxford, has de veloped an engineering bent, and is paying -a great deal of atteution to the problem of submarine navigation. He has already pub lished one brochure on the subject, wl'ich has met with acceptance, and has in pre paration a more formidable book thereon. . The betrothal of the Duke of Hamilton to Nina, youngest daughter of Major Pooie, of Old Lodge, Salisbury, is one that should interest Australasian as well ae English so ciety. The duke, who is the premier peer of Scotland, succeeded his kinsman, the late duke, iu 1895. He is 39, and was for merly a fceutenant in the navy, from which he had to retire owing to the breakdown of his health, now, it is said, completely restored. The bride is the youngest sister of Major R. M. Poor.e, the well-known Hamp shire cricketer, who in 1898 married Lady Flora Mary Ida, sister of the duke. Major Poore and the Duke of Hamilton will there fore be brothers-in-law 'twice over.' The bride is also a cousin of Sir Richard Poore, Bart., of Rushail, Wilts, a distinguished naval officer, who was recently appointed a naval aide-de-camp to the 'King; Sir Ed ward Poore died in Australia iu 1893, under romantic circumstances. Sir Edward, who was at one time a lieutenant in the Scots Guards, went to the antipodes in the seventies, and, dropping his title, went into business, first as a contractor, aud after wards as an hotel-keeper in Sydney and Melbourne. Ihe gold discoveries in West Australia attracted him to the diggings. It was said at the time that he had come to be known as 'Ned, the Pile-driver.' Five years' penal servitude was the ^re corder's answer to Julian Gault's plea, 'A woman tempted me,' when Lord Anglesey's ex-valet was brought up at the Old Bailey to answer the charge of annexing between £30,000 and £40,000 of his late employer's jewels. A stiffer sentence would jjave been Gault's lot had the recorder believed that the prisoner had entered the marquis's em p.oy ; with a view to stealing the jewels. But the judge decided to accept the 'sud- den temptation' theory, so Gault, if he be haves himself, will be a free man in lest dian four yeans. Had the marquis re covered any considerable portion of his jewels one would feel inclined to ,-say he ought to 'go halves' with . Gault in the sentence by way of punishment for the gross carelessness he displayed in regard to his huge istock oi valuabies. The sum of £30 has been collected here by the Agent-General for Victoria for the Miilsliipnian Huddart memorial lund, and the chapter of St. Paul's Cathedral, Melr bourne, has been communicated with to as certain if the total fund is adequate yet tor the erection of the memorial. The London Missionary Society is raising a small memorial to the late Mr. Chalmers in the form oi' a guarantee of £500 a year for five years to sustain a Christian and civilising station near where Chalmers tell. Several people have promised subscriptions of £5 a year for five years, and an invita tion is now extended to others to contri bute. The Rev. Dr. W. G. Lawes, an old companion of the New Guinea martyr, sails this week for New Guinea to take up the work of traininu native teachers. Miss Edith S~tewart, whom Mr. George Musgrove has engaged for a twelve monthe' tour in Australia, is a very promising young actress, who commenced her professional career with Mr. Benson, and was conspi cuously successful in that gentleman's Shakespearean productions. At the autumn exhibition ui the Grnfton Galleries, Miss Theodora Cowan will exhibit a bust o£ the Bishop of London, a statuette of Mrs. Brown-Potter, a bust of the late Sir Henry Parkes, and a design symbolical of the Spirit of Australia guarding the ashes of her soldiers who have given their liveR for the mother country in South. Africa. Miv and Mre. Georce Alexander gave a farewell-dinner at the Windsor Hotel, Glas gow, last Sunday, to Mr. H. H. Vincent, who is leaving for Australia. During the evening Mr. Vincent was presented with an illuminated address and three massivcr silver bowls. Among the subscribers to the nresen ration, besides the host and hostess,

were Mr. C. Haddon Chambers, Miss Irene Vanbrugii, and Mrs. Maeumore Morris. Mr. Albert Whelan, the clever Australian mimic and whistler, took the place of Mr. Ernest Shand, temporarily indisposed, at the Empire 'last Friday night, and went straight away into the regular programme the following Monday. ? ,'-,,. - At.Mits Castles debut she and Miss Crossley will sing together Gounod's 'D'un. The King has purchased from the 'Illus- trated London News' M: Benjamin Con-; slant's portrait of- Queen Victoria. The work will hang in the Royal dining-room at Windsor Castle, where the only, picture at present is a work by Detaille. In the paintin°--tbe late Queen took especial inte rest, -particularly in the rendering of the Ribbon of the Garter; which she was aim-, ous that the artist should depict in its normal blue, unaffected by the eolden sun-' shine streaming across it. The picture, which represents her Majesty in-Stnte robe*5 seated on the throne, amid . the Gothic en vironment of the House, of. Lords, was ex hibited first nt the Paris Exhibition- and agaiti at this year'-s Academy, where.it oct cupied an .entire side of .one of. the rooms at the suggestion of Kinp Edward.

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