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ST. MICHAEL A-;n ST. GEORGE.

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ST. MICHAEL A-;n ST. GEORGE. G.C.M.G.: His Excellency the Right Hon. Sir Charles Scott, K.C.M.G., C.B., her Majesty's Am- bassador at St. Petersburg; Major-General Sir Her- bert Chermside, R.E., K.O.M.G., C.B., her Majesty's Military Commissioner in Crete. K.C.M.G.: Bontros Pasha, Foreign Minister to his Highness the Khedive; Mr. Henry Howard, C.B., H.M. Minister at the Hague; Mr. Edmund Fane, II.M. Minster at Copenhagen; and Colonel Jamea Hayes Sadler, late Consul-General at Valparaiso. C.M.G.: Cap!. Sir E. Chichester, Bart., II.N.; Major Henry L. Gallwey, D.S.O., Acting Commis- sioner in the Niger Protectorate; Major James Bor, R.M.A., Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General, and the following three officers of the Uganda Administra- tion Dr. T. E. Macpherson, Dr. R. N. Moffat, and Mr. W. Grant. Lord Cromer was formerly in the Royal Artillery, from which he retired in 187t) with the rank of major. He- was appoinied a European Commissioner of the Public, Debt i;i Egypt, a?id one of the Controllers- fiemrai representing England and France in the management, of the finances of Egypt. At the close of 1880 he accepted the office of Finance Minister in the Council of the Viceroy of India, and in May, 1883, he was recalled to Cairo to succeed Sir Edward Malet as Agent and Consul-General. Ten years later he was pressed by the Queen to become Viceroy of India, but refused the appoint- ment. The creation of Lord Cromer a Viscount of the United Kingdom is a natural sequence to the high praise showered upon him by the Prime Minister, by Lord Kitchener, and others well quali- fied to speak of the important part he has borne in Egypt generally, and in the recovery of the Soudan. Mr. R. T. Gurdon was member for one of the divisions of Norfolk until 1892, when the Radical barrister, Mr. Higgins, Q.C., unseated him. He re- covered the seat two years later when the Q.C. re- signed. At the general election in 1894 he was defeated by Mr. Fred Wilson. Sir William Hood Walrond is the active Conser- vative Whip. He was formerly a captain in the Grenadier Guards, from which he retired in 1889. He represented East Devonshire in Parliament from 1880 to 1885, since when he has sat for the Tiverton division of that county. He is Patronage Secretary to the Treasury, and was Junior Lord of the Treasury, 1885-86 and 1886-92. Sir Henry Hawkins, the great criminal judge, resigned his office the other day. Everybody knows all about him, especially the criminal classes. Sir Philip Henry Wodehouse Currie, who is to become a peer, has spent a long life in the service of his country. In 1856 he became attached to the Legation of St. Petersburg, and in 1863 he acted on the Special Mission to the King of Denmark. In 1876 ho was Secretary to Lord Salisbury's Special Embassy to Constantinople, and became private secretary to Lord Salisbury a year later. He was Secretary to the Special Embassy during the Berlin Congress in 1878, and subsequently filled various other secretaryships of the highest import- ance. Created a K.C.B. in 1885, he became a Permanent Under-secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in 1889. From 1893 he represented Eng- land in Russia, and a few months ago he was appointed as her Majesty's Ambassador at Rome. During the Cretan crisis of two years ago Sir Philip came into very prominent notice, consequent upon the frequent; representations he made to the Sultan in connection, with the demands of Great Britain and the other Powers forming the concert, of Europe. Sir Joseph Russell Baily is 58 years of age, and Lord-Lieutenant of Brecon. He represented Hereford- shire from 1865 to 1885, and from 1886 to 1892 sat for Hereford City. Sir Charles Hall was appointed Recorder of the City of London in 1892, since which year he has sat in Parliament for the Holborn Division of Finsbury. For seven years previously lie represented West Cambridgeshire. From 1877 to 1892 he was Attorney- General to the Prince of Wales. Sir Henry Thompson, the eminent surgeon, ia rapidly approaching the completion of his 78th year. He has been called the Apostle of Cremation."

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