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[ ACROSS THE TABLE. Considering the enormously influential pari which he played in the polities of his time, it is noteworthy how comparatively few offices of importance Mr. Chamberlain occupied, The Board of Trade, the Local Government Board, and the Colonial Office were the only three departments over which he ever pre- sided, and until he himself by his tenure of the post raised the states of the last-named office in the public estimation none of these had been regarded as offices of the' first importance. What is the quality in a? public- man tha-t leads people to refer to him either by his Christian name, or by a, popular contraction of it, or by an abbreviation of his surname? asks the Manchester Guardian. Thus,, even after he had become Lord Beaconsfield, that illustrious politician was still. known generally as "Dizzy." Lord Randolph- Churchill was Randy." Mr. Healy, not quite so much heard of in these changed, days, is still "Tim-" Mr. Chamberlain was always Joe," and it. is-somewhat curious that the one memo ber of the present Cabinet whose first name is most familiar to the man in. the street is the' son of Mr. Chamberlain's old-time rival. For though ace would have to think over the iden* tity of "Henry Herbert" or even the much- miscailedi "David," everybody knows who, "Winston." is. Perhaps the custom arises from the fact that all these politicians have certain characteristics in common, character- istics which possibly may, without offence, be defined hy, a couple of lines from Henley's well-known sonnet on Stevenson: "A spirit intense and rare, with trace on trace Of pa and impudence, and energy." The lizard case of a golfer,, a, member of a. Cheshire club, is the subject enf a story nvhich has been going the rounds. He is -not a good player, and five times out of six he makes a sad mess of his shot from the first tee, which is under the noses of the loungers in the club-house. Then he looks round and. finds, invariably, that no one eems to have eyes fc.- anyone but himself. The other day he mace the shot of which he has dreamt for years. It was a drive of which any pro- fessional might have been proud. "Ah," said the golfer, "what will they think of that?" Then he looked round, and there was not a' single member on the terrace- With one con- sent they appeared to have gone in for tea. The Snffragists have recently attempted to. reach the ear of the Sovereign over the tele- phone, but any attempt to annoy or insult the King in this way h doomed to failure, the Carpenter" says in the Dally Express. When a caller rings up Buckingham; Palace and asks for the King and Queen, the Palace operator asks, of course, who is speaking. If the caller is able to give the operator a private- password, known only to members of th. Royal Family, he (or she); is put through to the personal writing-room of the King or Queen.. The Suffragists thought it would be sufficient to assume the name of a member of the Royal Family, and told the operator that the Princess Royal was calling; but their trick simply resulted in their being promptly cut off, as it was obvious to the Palace opera- tor that if the Princess Royal had been call- ing her Royal Highness would have given the password at once. "The pastor of the Baptist Tabernacle in Chattanooga asked a tramcar conductor in the congregation to talte op the collection as a taker of collections in church. He started down the centre aisle. There were several children in the first pew, and each put in a .penny. The people in the next pew con- tributed something each. A big, glum fellow sat alone in the third pew. and the conductor passed him the plate. The man shook his head and stuck his hands deep in his pockets. The collector stopped, put up his hand as if to jerk the bell cord, and said,. "Well, you'll' have to get off," A famous K.C. went to a West-End theatre the other afternoon, and when walk- ing out after the performance with two um- brellas under his arm he was asked by an attendant if he knew that he was carrying two umbrellas. His reply was somewhat in- dignant and the attendant became rude. A scene of some warmth ensued, and the K.C. demanded an interview with the manager. The K.C. proved up to the hilt that both um- brellas were his own property, and the out- some of the whole affair, says the Daily Sketch, was that a certain London hospital has received a donation of five guineas from a, certain theatrical manager, and the K.C. has received an ample- and abject apology. Not so many years ago Siberia was looked upon as a place of snow and frost and suffer- ing for exiles. Now a party of enterprising Siberian peasant farmers are visiting this country to study English farming methods. Siberia already sends over here more than one-fifth of the butter consumed in Great Britain, besides enormous quantities of eggs; and cheese. One of the grievances of Suffragists is the inferior legal position occupied by .women as parents. A few days alro fl woman whose husband had, so far as she knew, gone down in the Empress of Ireland applied to the Willesden magistrates for a vn^inat'on ex- emption for her infant son. She y,, in- formed from the bench thnt fl-e o^en-ni.ion order could not be granted unt'l the father's death was legally proved, as the law rl:d not recognise her as the parent of the "hiM. If the law dees not ennbV a ',VOIP'"I to r NK as the parent of her children, co'^rv^nls the Globe, it must be a "hass" of the most asinine type. The following note was received bv a Middlesex teacher from a mother: "1 hive keep Jackie at home because he has cut h:" foot so bad. 0 Sunday he went pndd!e;n« instead of going to Sunday-school, so God paid him out for it." A visitor who had an exalted opinion of his golf ability was extended the courtesy of the club. and the first day he went over the beau- tiful course in the Highlands, accompanied by a bright caddy. He had succeeded in burying his ball in every bunker, gulley, and burn on or near the links, when he turned to the caddy and said Really, this is the most difficult course I have ever played on." Hoo dae ye ken?" asked the caddy, gravely. Ye havna played on it yet." A census may generally- be depended upon to reveal some curious sidelights on how we live, and Vol. X. of the 1911 census is no ex- ception. From it we learn that ladies pursue divers unexpected callings: three are grooms, nine sea-pilots, four bricklayers, one is a rail- way contractor, and one a slaughterer. But of more interest is the evidence of the arrest in the decline of farm workers. Eleven coun- ties showed an increase in their numbers in proportion to the general population. This is attributed partly to the rise of fruit-farming and market-gardening. partly to an increase of corn-growing; but. whatever the reaeon, the fact is highly satisfactory. At a mothers' meeting in Scotland tea had been provided by a lady of title, who was assisting in handing round cakes and pouring out. tea. At one table the following conversa- tion was overheard Heh am wantin' some mair tea." "Ach, ask that wnmman up thon- der." Then, taking her friend's cup to the provider of the feast, she said: "Please, this lady wants some mair tea!" Searching for the nearest office" open on "early closing day," says a Daily Sketch writer, I was confronted by the desired official intimation in a postmaster cheiyiist's window. And it was given in furlongs anJ yards!