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THE RHYDONEN CASE.

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----I AN IRISH UNIVERSITY.

INVESTITURE AT OSBORNE.

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ITHE LEADERSHIP OF THEI LIBERAL…

FUNERAL OF MRS. PARKER.

-."1! ANOTHER PEERAGE DISPUTED.

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-1! ANOTHER PEERAGE DISPUTED. The announcement is made that a London builder, James Stafford, of 103, Packington-street, Islington, is waiting only for some ready pash" to prosecute his claim to the Stafford peerage and estates, of which he alleges lie is the lawful owner. If the desired ready cash arrives, and the case ever reaches the Law Courts, -it is stated that it will be found one of the most interesting and complicated of its kind, Mr. Stafford's position being as follows: He claims that he is the direct male descendant of Hervey de Stafford, created a baron in 1193. The Act of Parliament provided that the barony should be given to Hervey de Stafford and the heirs male of his body." In 1640, Mr. Stafford says, the barony was unlawfully obtained through Charles I. by one William Howard, from whom the present baron claims to have descended, but this descent Mr. Staf- ford challenges, because, he urges, the male side of William Howard's family became extinct in 1762 and the female side in 1807. Mr. Stafford traces the ancestry of the present holder of the peerage in this way. George Jerning- ham's great-grandmother was, he contends, Mary Lyttleton (1700), a daughter of Sir Charles Lyttleton, Bart., not of Mary Howard, a descendant of the William Howard who received the barony in 1640. George Jerningham was succeeded by his son, who was succeeded by his nephew, the present Baron Stafford. One peerage gives the following as the ancestry of the present baron: Sir William Howard married Mary, the only sister of Henry, twelfth Baron de Stafford. In 1640 they were created Baron and Baroness Stafford. The viscoint was attainted in 1678, and executed in 1680. In 1685 the attainder on the barony and estates was re- versed, and his wife was created Countess of Stafford for life. She was succeeded by her son, with the re- mainder to his brothers, John and Francis. He was succeeded by his nephew, a son of the Hon. John. In 1750 John Paul Stafford was fourth earl, and he died in 1762. The earldom expired then. and the barony was invested in Mary, sister of John Paul Stafford, and wife of Sir George Jerningham, who, on July 6, 1825, the House of Lords decided had made out his claim to be eighth baron." Mr. Stafford has a room full of documents and papers going to prove in his opinion that he is the rightful owner of the barony and estates. Many years ago a collateral branch of the Stafford family, to which the claimant belongs, endeavoured to establish their alleged rights, but they have recog- nised, Mr. Stafford says, that the branch fnln which he descends is the older. One of the most important documents possessed by Mr. Stafford is a letter, dated 1869, from Lord Redesdale. then chairman of the House of Lords, with whom Mr. Stafford com- municated. Lord Redesdale wrote: I believe there is no doubt that Roger Stafford had to surrender his barony to the King in 1640, and that such surrender was an invalid Act, and would effect the claim of no one lawfully entitled to it, and if you can prove your descent in the manner you state you will establish your right to the barony." The claimant has led a comparatively quiet life. He was born in London some 62 years ago, and with the exception of seven years spent in Australia he has been for the most part in England. He is a builder by trade, following in this respect in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. It seems that his grandfather also held the opinion that the Stafford peerage and estates were his, and handed on very many of his documents to the present claimant, who is. a widower and childless.

CHAMBERS OF AGRICULTURE.

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LAWLESSNESS IN THE CHURCB.

DEATH OF DR. BERRY.

FOUR SOLDIERS DROWNED.

FATAL RAILWAY COLLISION.

LADY ABERDEEN AND WOMEN WORKERS.

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