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SIR WYNDIIAM SPENCER PORTAL, BART., holds the record in England and Wales as chairman of a public body. Sir Wyndhan has been a guardian of the Whitchurch (Hants) Union for about 54 years, and has occupied the chair for no less than 50 years. He is a director of the London and South-Western Railway Company, and was chairman of the directors up to 1899. For about 22 years he has been chairman of the Hampshire Friendly Society. Next in order of merit comes Mr. Thomas Higginson, J.P., who has been chairman of the Lutterworth Guardians for 37 successive years, and closely following him is Mr. Nicholas Roch, J.P., D.L., who has presided over the Tenby Guardians exactly 36 years. THE Rev. Bernard Wilson, who succeeds the Bishop of Stepney at Portsea, gained his early cleri- cal experience, like the latter, at Leeds. He first came for his theological training to the Leeds Clergy School, where he remained for two years. Then, being ordained deacon in 1882, he became curate of All Souls' Church in that city. After three years he went out to Australia as chaplain to the newly-con- secrated Bishop of Brisbane, Dr. Webber, and did excellent work in the capital. Then he returned to the mother country, where he was for some time rector of Kettering before succeeding the present Bishop of London as head of Oxford House and rector of Bethnal-green. CYCLISTS Will no doubt hear with interest that Colonel Saunderson, M.P., was one of the very first to take the old velocipede seriously, and to introduce it into the North of Ireland. He frequently made long journeys on this queer machine, and the sight from the fields and cabins of a tall, fearsome-looking figure spinning upon noiseless wheels affrighted the innocent folk. But it was at night, without his iamp, and with the chains of his pedal rattling in accom- paniment to the sighing of the wind, that he provoked the terror that got him known as the Ghost." He 'i is an athlete, and, with a town house close to Hyde- park, he goes out every morning for a spin westward, and in his khaki smalls is a very different man from the heavy Guardsman of the afternoon. PgPftoFEssoit C. Lm NEVE FOBTER, D.Sc., his Majesty's Inspector of Mines, is retiring from a post which he has filled for nearly 30 years. His blue- books on mines and quarries are well known and in- dispensable works of reference, while certain of his undergronnd experiences have naturally been attended with more or less danger. At least on one occasion he was, with others, placed in imminent peril through carbonic oxide fumes, the result of an explosion in the Snaefell Lead Mine, Isle of Man. During the inter- val which ensued before aid could be rendered from the surface, and while his companions were being drawn up each in turn and in various stages of un- consciousness, the plucky Government inspector made pencil notes of his sensation and the sur- rounding conditions, and these proved of curious psychological and physic logical interest, if of no better value.