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I VANITY FAIR. I MEN OF THE DAY. I From Vanity Fair." I I SIR JOHN DICKSON-POYNDER. I Sir John Dickson-Poyncler is too sincere a politician to be quite successful. When Chip- penham elected him in 1892 he was a Conserva- tive with ideals—always a threatening combina- tion. He believed it to be possible to conduct the affairs of the nation on business lines; efficiency, with a capital E, was the political deity which he ignorantly worshipped. And thus it came about that, from a Party standpoint, he rapidly went from bad to worse. But Sir John being a popular man, very wealthy and of a pleasant countenance, pursues his career undisturbed by cautions from the Cabinet and the whisperings of Whips. He may not be quite so optimistic as he was thirteen years ago. Yet he stands by his opinions with a cheerful serenity. Moreover, he makes practical application of them in matters that arc outside politics. On the London County Council he was ever opposed to municipal extravagance. He had the audacity to suggest that the Council should leave business matters to business men. As Chairman of the Great Northern Hospital, he has laboured to promote a better understanding between the great hospitals, so that the charity of the Metropolis may be divided to their common advantage under the general guidance of King Edward's Hospital Fund. He has agitated to secure the regular employment of time- expired soldiers, and to reform the financial methods of the Friendly Societies. He did good work upon the Royal Commission on London Traffic, the report of which body will be published very shortly. He comes of a good fighting stock, for of the five Dickson baronets before him three were Admirals and two soldiers. It was in 1887 that he took the name of Povnder for reasons con- nected with a great legacy. He has travelled all over the world, and is now interested in garden- ing. He went out with his Yeomanry during the war, was placed on Lord Methuen's Staff, and returned with a D.S.O. He is a good shot. Even those who cannot tolerate his politics like him. JEHU JUNIOR. ORDINARY HARD CASE, Ke. 1469. A meets B, an old Oxford friend, at their club. B informs A that he became engaged the day before to Miss C. A comes from the same district in Ireland as the C's, and knows that Nlica C's grandfather and uncle are both insane. He has reason to suspect that B is unaware of the fact. What should A do? JUDGMENT IN HARD CASE. 1467. B cannot do anything but apologise. He knows A "very slightly.' THE ROYAL HONEYMOON. -1 Adare Manor, Co. Limerick, which the Earl of Dunraven has placed at the disposal of the Royal pair, is built in Tudor style, although it is quite a modern house. The interior is very beautiful, especially the gallery, which is of exquisitely carved Irish oak, that was grown on the estate. Adare is a sporting property, although at this time of year there iR, of course. nothing to shoot. The Earl of Dunraven has been a mighty hunter, and his trophies adorn the walls. HISTORIC CARROT SEED. I "D. S. 0. writes: The South African scandals remind me of the famous carrot seed case which occurred in India some years ago. A famine lay upon the land, and to the Viceroy of the time came a gentleman who recommended carrots as a panacea. Let the natives plant carrots in their ruined fields. The vegetable was a quick grower, and very sustaining. The Viceroy was struck by the idea, and wired home for carrot seed. The India Office immediately telegraphed to a leading firm of horticulturists, Please supply fifty tons of carrot seed." The firm being of opinion that there was not so much carrot seed in the world, suggested that the India Office meant fifty pounds. The India Office was certain it meant tons, and so the firm in question began .to collect seed with due diligence. When the carrot seed arrived in India, the natives would have none of it. And while the authorities were explaining its uses, behold, there came to the Indian merchants news that an English firm was ransacking the earth to obtain carrot seed. So the merchants bought barrels of seed from the authorities (who said, See what a demand there is for our carrots"), and forthwith exported them to London, from whence they were returned to India with neatness and despatch. In this case, however, everyone was perfectly innocent of evil. Neither the merchants nor the English firm nor the authorities guessed at the truth until an accident revealed it. A SHORT-LIVED REPUTATION. I Early last week, a gentleman of great wealth and greater social longings strolled into his club abouf half-past six, with an important air. Gazing round the smoking-room, he remarked, m surprised that none of you fellows went down to the garden-party." Was it a fine show?" asked the club cynic. Splendid. I never saw so many pretty women. The Swedish Prince is a good-looking young-" "Forgive me," interrupted the club cynic, but if you refer to the Royal garden-party, at Windsor—it's to-morrow." AN ARCHDUKE'S TACT. I An anecdote, for the truth of which I can vouch. will well exemplify the charming character and discipline of the late Archduke Joseph. Some years ago an English lady (now dead) was spending the winter with her daughter in Vienna. Austrian Society is the most exclusive in the world, and it is very difficult for a foreigner to get a footing in it. This lady was neither rich, beautiful, nor particularly distinguished in any way; but she was ambitious, and tried hard for some time to obtain invitations for herself and her child to the houses of great Austrian nobles. Finally, mortified and annoyed, she an- nounced in despair to her fellow -in the modest hotel where she was staying that on a certain day she and her daughter were invited to dine with the Archduke Joseph. The day came, and neither of the ladies appeared nt the hotel table d'hote dinner. Prying friends dis- covered, however, that they had spent- the even- ing in the seclusion of their bedroom. The story was repeater] to the Afchduke by one of 3iis suite as a good joke. "Poor thing." remarked the Prince, would she really like to dine at my house? Send her and her daughter an invita- tion at once. and let one of my carriages bring them here the night they come." The guests were duly invited, and pladlv accepted, and for the remainder of the winter our pushing fellow- countrywoman found herself asked to every distinguished entertainment in Vienna.


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