London Mainly About People (Newspaper) - June 13, 1908, London, Middlesex
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Jnae 13, 1908.
naturally invests him with immense political influence, which, if he were wiser, he would hesitate to use, because to meddle with politics in Russia is to make more enemies than friends. The bureaucracy is at open enmity with Father John, and he has lost the confidence of many rich patrons since hist prophecy that the end of the world would come in May, 1905, has turned out to be false.
Me. William Randolph Hearst, the famous American
newspaper proprietor, who has been on; a
Journalist* country, is the founder of what
is known as “yellow” journalism, and is one of the. most widely-discussed men in the United States. He was quite a young man when he became the director of a newspaper—the San Francisco Examiner, and although his father, who had bought it, was unable to make it a success, young Hearst had no sooner touched it than its circulation began to go up by leaps and bounds. Later on he went to New York, where he quickly became known as the most energetic journalist in the city. Mr. Hearst was once asked 1b define “yellow” journalism. “It is furiously active journalism,” he replied, “ journalism that is not content with merely printing news, but which aims rather to educate and influence its audience, and through it, to accomplish something for the benefit of the community and the whole country.”
Not fond of Money»
Although he is immensely wealthy,. Mr. Hearst cares
little for money for its; own sake, and takes practically no interest in financial speculation. A famous American financier once remarked: “That man Hearst is a queer young fellow. I once waited three hours outside of his office to persuade him to take ten thousand shares of ■ — at ten dollars a share, and could not sea him.” That particular stock went up so high.that Mr. Hearst might haye made a clear million dollars if he had given the financier five minutes of his time; But Mr. Hearst is so engrossed in his beloved journalism that what he had missed did not trouble him in the least.
Sib Samuel Wilks, who this year enters upon his eighty-fifth ? year, has recently undergone two serious 4C A.O.T.” operations, and the fact that he has emerged successfully from both is a proof of his wonderful vitality. Sir Samuel was late Physician Extra^ ordinary to the Queen, and has been the Buie and Duchess of Connaught’s family doctor for thirty years. In his younger days the distinguished physician visited the East End, where a friend had lately started a practice. Sir Samuel sat with his friend: while the latter received his patients, and noticed on a shelf behind the other's chair several bottles of physic, all but one of which he recognised by their technical names as harmless concoctions. The bottle which puzzled him was labelled “ A.O.T.” Sir Samuel took it dawn and smelt the colourless fluid contained in it. “ What in the name of goodness is this?” he asked. “That?” said his friend carelessly—“oh, that’s Any Old Thing, warranted to cure imaginary complaints! ”
Me. Swift MacNeill, who asked a strange question in the Hot Pat 1 House of Commons last week, apropos the Heart.* ° King’s visit to Bussia, has been aptly described as the possessor of “ a warm heart struggling with a hot potato:” Nothing delights him more than to be called to order by the Speaker, and he will say things about the members of the Opposition which, coming from him, cause much hilarity, but would: be frowned atif uttered by any other man in the House. Mr. MacNeill’s Parliamentary years have been filled with regrets* because he was not bold enough to emulate the example of Mr. John Redmond, and, like him, appear in the House of Commons, pronounce his maiden speech, and get “ suspended ” all in the course of one afternoon.
FbesH from their Australian triumphs, Mr. and Mrs.
Kennerley Rumford (Mme. Clara Butt)
^Mu»ical<e have rett,raed to England after an absence Critleism. several months, bringing with them the
press cuttings of the criticisms of their singing) which the charming contralto declares are written
witfe more Originality of thought than anything that it has ever been her fortune to read. “ There is little of the basso-profundo about Mrs. Butt-Rumford,” wrote one scribe. “ The larger half of her voice is upstairs rather than downstairs.” Mme; Clara Butt has been trying to Conjecture on which floor it was likely to be found. She is also wondering what the following has to do with her singing : “ No woman ever bowed more splendidly On â ]SÎélbduTiie‘ platform than she did.” Another critic, in the’ fine frenzy of exuberant verbosity, wrote : “Her songs arô brief dramas, expressed in mellowest music, in Wild bursts Of defiance, in full-toned organ sounds of sentiment, in Clarion ones Of declamation, in Sobs of sorrow and p seans of joy.’r
TeRb price of ractium, M. aïjd Mme. Carie’s precious discovery,
has now reached' the startling figure of
a Pound. £10,000,000 a pound. Not nearly that quantity is" discovered in thé cOurs# of a year, although hundreds of tons of tar# earths are examined for traces of it. If so much âs w^oùld cover a pin’s head is extracted from ten tons of raw material by the s ecial processes of crushing, Washing and boiling, by acid baths and crystallisation, there is joy in the laboratories of théSorbonne.
CtrRïiïsucceeded toijefc husband’s chair at the French university after he Was killed in the most fifindedness wanton of street accidetttïra year or two ago.
AdelineGenée’ a Return,
were offered by the State. Mme Curie is the only person in the world who knows anything of value about radium, but the greatest mystery of all—what is radium ?—fe still unsolved; Like the majority of savants, she is rather absent-minded, and is utterly disconcerted by interruptions when engaged on any important work. It is said that one morning she was in the midst of an experiment, when a, charwoman* who had been working in the adjoining' gpairtment; burst in upon her, screaming loudly : “ Madame, mactame, I" hatf#- swallowed a pin ! ” “ There,, there,” said Mme. Curie soothingly, '* here's another that, yon may have.”
The beautiful Empire dance*, aftet^a visit to America, which
has been one glorious triumph from start to finish, is about to return to her old home in Leicester Square. Thiir is good news to all lovers of ballet ard of ballet dancing; for Mdlle. Genée has been sadly missed" during her long absence abroad.
JtfsT as the comedian, the late J. S. Clarke; Would not act
with his ftslse teeth in his mouth for fear of No Wig. them dropping out in the sight of the audience'* Mdlle. Oienée can on no account he
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persuaded to pnt on a wfgi She wears her own hair loosely arranged in curls and loop» in the semi-cIasBÎè style, never forgetting the agony of mind she suffered one night during the1 early part of her career at the Empire; when she felt her wig^ getting" looser and looser at every turn she gave in a corner-to-comer pirouette, and expected to see it fly off her head into the lap of someone*in-the stalls.
UN&E& the above heading Mr! Francis Griffiths has recently
published the first volume of a remarkable
historical work by Mr, A. Wyatt Tilby. People Over* _ - • * t i„
seas/4 The author appeares to have studied deeply,
and his pages are crammed with interesting incidents and valuable7 infbrination. “ It has been my first principle,” he says in his Preface, ,f that no settlement of' the English-speaking" people overseas should he left unnoticed, and my second that the actors in the great drama should, as far as possible, speak for themselves? from the records» they have left behind/' Mr. Tilb/s book can be recommended to all students at history, attcÉ the- patriot will find’ much in its pages that will appeal to him strongly. Thei3econd volume is to appear .some time ini 1909, and there will be a third volume to conclude the history.
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