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PERSONAL PARS. PEOPLE IN THE PUBLIC EYE. Lord Battersea has for some time lived a life of retirement. He was at one time among the busiest of men, as is inevitable in the case of a party Whip. Mr. Cyril Flower, as he then was, was one of the best-known figures in the House of Commons, and a great favourite with Gladstone, who eventually made him a baron. He is a handsome man. but at times affects costumes which would make him more at home in the pages of Duida than in scenes of ordinary life. It is interesting, and, perhaps, re-assuring, to know that the Heir-Apparent to the Throne will always have hair apparent, and will not, like his Royal father, be bald. The assu- ranee comes from M. Henri Blanc, the King's hairdresser. The Prince of Wale3 has "abeau- tiful beard," and he will not grow bald because M. Blanc has taken him in time. The King has been bald for twenty years or so. and is, apparently, the despair of M. Blanc, for he will not wear a wig, and he will not use dye. In fact, his Majesty's only weakness is for a scent known as the King's violet," which a lady interviewer—with eome dread of being guilty of lose majeste—confesses struck her as being vigorous." The Amir of Afghanistan's wisdom in send- ing for the Viceroy of India's surgeon to treat his wounded hand is evidence of his appreciation of English methods. He has reason for such appreciation. Sir alter Pyne taught Afghanistan all it knows of civilisa- tion's ways; showed them how to make all manner of things, from candles to cannons; built them factories and warehouses, estab- lisheæ industries, promoted public works. Then, when they got into trouble interna- tionaily, himself pulled them out of it by a personal intercession with the Viceroy. The Amir has every reason to like and trust Eng- lishmen. —— The Star has been cruel enough to un- earth an unfavourable opinion that Mr. Kip- ling was once pleased to express on the Japa- nese Army. "I peeped," wrote the great mili- tary and Imperial expert, "I peeped into the quarter-guard. Fans and dainty tea-sets do not go with one's notions of a barracks." We all know Mr. Kipling's notions of barrack life, which have been admirably summarised as "drinks and profanity." At the same time we imagine (says "Free Lance") that our conduct of the Boer War, when compared with Japan's conduct of the present war, goes a long way to prove that "fans and dainty tea-eets" make a satisfactory substitute. Much anxiety is being felt about Lord Har- lech of Brogyntyn, who is lying seriously ill, owing, as it appears, to a fall in his bedroom. He is now in his eighty-sixth year, and it is nearly 30 years since he succeeded his brother as second baron. On his father's side he is descended from the same stock as the Earl of Arran, while through his mother he can trace his pedigree to Hwfa ap Cynddelw, founder of a uoblo tribe in North Wales, one of whom was Governor of Conway Castle for Charles 1". during the Civil War. The title of Baron Har- lech is taken, of course, from the ruined castle in Merionethshire (now visited only by tourists), rendered famous in stirring song. Sir Squire Bancroft was 63 last Saturday. His first appearance on the stage was at Bir- mingham. in 1861, but it was in the follow- ing year at Devonport, as a member of the stock company of the still-surviving veteran James Doel, that he became an actor in earnest. He made his first appearance in London on the occasion of the opening of the old Prince of Wales's Theatre, under the management of Mr. Byron and Mias Marie Wilton, in 1865. and when, two years later, he was married to Miss Marie Wilton, he found himself cast for a highly agreeable and popular part, which has la-sted him to this day. It was in 1880 that the Bancrofts opened at the Haymarket, and in 1885, having made a large fortune, they retired from the stage. Sir Squire received his knighthood at the Diamond Jubilee. The case which ended in favour of Sir James Duke, while it will have run away with a great eum in costs, will not prove so expensive as some of its predecessors in the list of causes celebro. The action of Lord Suffield and "Lesser Columbus" cost £25.000; and the nartopp divorce suit £10,000. Nothing of recent years has been so heavy as the Parnell Commission, which accounted for £40.00a, tho next biggest after the Labou- chere cases being the Lawes v. Belt case, in which the costs amounted to £18,000. All these, however, are dwarfed by comparison with the Tichborne trial, which cost the The heaviest damages awarded were those in the Oonstantinidi suit, in which the peti- tioner gained £25,000. Rates of damages rank higher now than formerly. Many people will remember the sensation caused by the verdict of £3,503 given against Bond, tho keeper of a London gaming house, run on lines similar to those of the Saratoga Club in New York, which Mr. Jerome has just smashed. In the case mentioned Lord Conynghame. Lord Cantelupe, and General Churchill were among those who had been swindled. —— Fernando Oliveira, the bull-fighter, who has been killed in the ring at Lisbon, was the idol of the Portuguese capital, and was even more famous in Portugal than the lead- ing jockey is in England. Tall, dark, and slim, elegant in bearing and manner, and possessed of quite remarkable courage and skill, he made a handsome figure in the arena. At his benefit Oliveira placed some six or eight lances in each charging bull. He was a magnificent horseman, and it was through recklessly allowing the bull to get too near his horse that he has met his death. —— Oliveira was reported to be a man of wealth, and he lived in great stylo in the most aristocratic quarter of the city. Part of his wealth was derived from the presents showered upon him by admirers—the writer once saw him receive notes, gold. jewellery, j and even furniture and provisions, from rich and poor spectators at a festival perfor- mance. Kisses and caresses were showered on him by the audience, which fled distracted when he fell under the goaded bull and'met his death. The wish which Sir H. M. Stanley expressed in his last illness, that his bones might lie in the Abbey next to those of Livingstone, would, if pressed, doubtless have had the whole nation's endorsement. That the relatives of Livingstone should desire it is very natural; Stanley was the idol, the greatest hero in the world to Livingstone's children. While the world was etill ringing with his feat in dis- covering the great missioner, letters upon the subject were passing between an old "man in Copenhagen, the fairy godfather of all the world's children, and a little maid in Hamilton, N.B. The patriarch was the immortal Hans Andersen; his baby correspondent Anna Mary Livingstone. When I was in Iona," wrote the little one to her dear, dear Hans Ander- sen." a relation of ours gave me a whole sovereign. We bought a beautiful gold locket for Mr. Stanley, and had his initials put on it, and inside is papa on one side, and on the other his four children, in recognition of his finding papa." Those who knew Stanley will not need to be aesured how he prized this love-token from the bairns of the man he rescued; that to the last he wore it as a mascot beyond price. Earl Cadogan's birthday anniversary will remind cricketers of a past generation. notably Lord Avebury and his brothers, of men and matches on the old Prince's ground, which occupied the site of what is now a fashionable residential quarter to which the earl gives his name—Cadogan-square. Prince's was the gathering ground of the elite to an even greater extent than Lord's is to-day. Curious*^ enough, the brothers Prince, who made and ran tho cricket ground, had no idea of the game whose interests they were, accord- ing to their lights, promoting. It would not have done for the Jessop. Lord Avebury's brother, Mr. Alfred Lubbock, remembers one of the proprietors stepping on to the ground during a match and desiring one of the batsmen to be more careful where he hit the ball, as one had "just struck an old lady on the legs." On another occasion, Prince hurried up to Mr. Lubbock in the last extremity of despair. "Ten thousand devils and more," he was muttering. What's the matter?" asked Mr. Lubbock anxiously. "Matter?" he echoed in agony. "Matter? Why, two d-d great greyhounds have just galloped right across the ground!" The enthusiastic welcome given to King Edward at Newmarket, where he is so familiar a figure, has each time something of a deeper significance than his Majesty's presence at any raoecource-evn Royal" Ascot. For Newmarket has memories of 3, very different treatment that was meted out to King Edward's immediate predecessor among sporting kings. Was it not at Npw- market (asks" The King ") that George IV.. then Prince Regent, was practically driven off the Turf altogether, thanks to the out- cry raised over the jockey Chifney's treat- ment of his horse Escape? Never, indeed, since that famous incident has an English Sovereign shown so whole-hearted a love of sport or been so wholly acceptable in sport- ing circles as King Edward. William IV. cared little for racing, and Queen Victoria's early interest in it very soon waned. From quits a different of view also New- market is a peculiarly appropriate place of Royal pastime. Fable has it that James I. himself was the pioneer of horse-racing there, and there is a further decoration of the tale to the effect that the first horses raced were descendants of some that formed part of the Spanish Armada. wreckage.