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VANITY FAIR. I ————— ———— MEN OF THE DAY. I -Jimffi "Va,nítv Fair." THE RIGHT lION, AUGUSTINE BIRRELL. Born fifty-six yea-rs ago—his birtiiaay falls within this week—Augustine* Birrell took the earliest opportunity of displaying the thorough- ness which has. marked h& character through life, and 'has contributed much to the suooess of his oarosr. Similar concentration of purpose was shewn when, he came to be married. His bride was the daughter of one poet and the widowed daughter-in-law of the Poet Laureate. Hopes and aspirations, of late bounded by the prospeet of a judgeship, have within tho last month been turned in other directions. Tlie son of a minister, the grandson of a minister, is to-day himself a Cabinet Minister, with no reason save overmastering modesty why lie should exclude from his 'horizon the prize of the Premiership. Thus far his Parliamentary career, though brief, has boon notable. Returned for a safe seat in the kingdom of Fife. he in the following yc«ar chivalrously resigned it. in order to lead a forlorn hope against a Unionist stronghold in Manchester. Unhorsed ho has tllrotigh fivo long years marched, on foot, carrying his musket with tho rank and file. As chairman of the Liberal Publication Department, lie appropriately pre- luded his work as Education Minister by edu- cating Irs party At due intervals tine monthly periodical issmod by the Department was brigh- tened by flashes from his pen, setting forth words of encouragement for his own political friends, and giving the ad"ea»ary what tlie Marchioness in conversation v.efh Dick Swiveller over the cribbage-board wa. wont to allude tc. as "one for his nob." The new Presn&ent of tho Board of Eduoation shaves with a oi^ee obscure Irish mar. the. distinc- tion of having k'nt his name to the formation of a word new to the English language. There ils. however, a wide difference of application Any- one. especially a resident in an Irish country district, may be boycotted. Tlie power of Bir- rell ing is inherited by few, and Augustine re- mains the Master. He is an 'homest, olevet*, sagacious man, but an intellectual, and men of that- type have failed in the Parliamentary melee before now. And he will bo in tlie thick of the melee. VJEHU, JUNIOJ. HARD CASE. No. 1.499. I Mis. A, a. young and pretty bride, complains to her husband that she has been twice followed and annoyed by a stranger when shopping in Bond- street. A vows that if he can find him he will give him a. good thrashing. At Church Parade in the Park Sirs. A says to her husband. "There is the man." at the same time pointing out an elderly gentleman whom A recogn'ses as a near neighbour of his in the oounty. What should A do? JUDGMENT IN HARD CASE 1.497. I Lady A should use all her powers of persuasion to induce the daughter to confess to her mother. If slie will not, Lady A can do nothin.g unl ess she finds there is anything SllBpioioUlSaoout the mar- riage, or Capt. C's antecedents. If Lady A by a hasty action caused the girl to be disinherited, she would have done the young girl a great in- jury, and benefited nobody. The girl has done a very foolish thing, but it, cannot be undone. For Lady A to say that she wiU be silent only if the girl tells her mother, is the same as telling that lady herself. THE MODERN HORROR The motor-bus is no doubt a useful institution. That it sets houses a-quiver. damages drain pipes, takew away the profits of the L.C.C. trams, and occasionally removes a lamp-post, are points we may disregard. But its noise is another matter. In those streets whioh it now frequents there arises day and night a high querulous wail, an ear-piercing sound, to which the rurnbks of wheels on wooden pavemente are but as the notes of a DelIo to Bon amateur performance on the French- horn. I AN AFTER-DINNER'CEREMONY. An amusing story is going the round as to how Sir John Law&on Walton, the new Attorney- General, was sworn into his office. Sir Kenneth Mackenzie, the permanent Secretary to the Lord Chanoellors. was giving a genial dinner to the new Lord Chancellor, and Sir John happened to ho present, and it wa.s after withdrawal from the festive board that the new Attorney-General took the oath. Sir William Rob son, on the other hand, WAS less fortunate, and his taking the oath at the House of Lords was comparatively a proeaic affair. A NEW INSTITUTION. In New York, the private telephone call is becoming an institution. When a man's private telephone rings, he knows it really is a personal call, as only a few people have his number. It is a direct call from "Central, and DOE; not oome over the regular oBSoc switchboard at aU. Yes, our house number is private?" S&d a. woman to me, who has many sooial duties and we guard it as we do the family jewels. Only our own diroot circle of friends are" able to reach us by telephone. As someone said to me. the other day, quite the height of modern intimacy is reached in the interchange of private telephone num bers. A FAMOUS GO-BETWEEN. Achieving, in more than one career, dis- j tinction himself Sir Mountet-uart Grant-Duff will be remembered as having introduced DK- tinguished men to THO publio or to eaok other. In c h Balliol days he Raw the real founder of the college's intellectual tradition to be neither Jowett nor Jowett'S lexicographic predecessor in the Mastership, Scott, but Henry Smith, the most powerful and splendidly-equipped mind of his day, equally great in science, pure or applied, and in scholarship. In India he discovered and acquainted his countrymen with the rare poetic gifts of Sir Alfred Lyall, whose poems, steeped in the local ooJour of Hindustan, might never have been publMied but for the sometime Governor of Madras, who read them in manuscript I himself, and also read them to his friencfa whom he used to entertain for the pleasant week-ends at York Lodge, Twickenham, situated midway between Lord Cariingford at Strawberry Hill and Mr. Labouchere at Pope's Villa. The most memorable of Sir M. Grant-Duff's introductory functions was performed when, on a summer day in the late 'seventies, he firit enab-W Mr. Gladstone and Mr. John Moriey to improve into confidential friendship, the casual acquaintance before tw made by the two men at Down, the Kentiah honl of Sir John Lubbock, now Lord Avebury,

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