Mention of Lord Hopetoun's unconvention-ality reminds one that Lord Dudley has had an experience which fell to the lot of no other Governor - General of Australia. A short time ago, his Excellency was to attend a military review, but his motor-car broke down miles from the spot. Luckily, the place where the delay occurred was close to the railway line, and a couple of locomotives were seen approaching. The drivers were signalled to stop their engines, and the situation was explained to them. One of the drivers thereupon remarked that if his Excellency was prepared to risk the grime and grease of the ride on the engine he would be able to reach Ballarat in time to drive out to Sebastopol, where the inspection was to take place. Lord Dudley thereupon took up a position with one of his companions on the front engine, and upon arrival at Ballarat station shook hands with the railway men, who gave him three cheers.
It is fairly common knowledge that Lord
Hopetouri resigned the post of Governor-general in 1902 because he found it impossible to keep up the requisite state, even by spending much more than his salary-£10,000 a year. Lord Hopetoun was not a rich man, and while in Australia he found the expenses of his position such that he asked for an increase of salary, which was refused. On the other hand, both Lord Northcote and the Earl of Dudley are extremely wealthy, and were able to maintain the dignity of their position without overtaxing their resources.
The Earl of Dudley is immensely rich, owning 30,000 acres in this country besides large estates in Jamaica, while the Dudley jewels are amongst the most wonderful in the world. And yet, curiously enough, the family fortunes of Lord Dudley had their foundation in a chance customer at the shop of an ancestor in Lombard Street. This ancestor, William Ward, opened a goldsmith's shop in Lombard Street, and quickly amassed wealth. A Lord Dudley of that day, being in want of £10,000, came to Ward and asked for a loan. He was able to offer little in the way of security, however, and here Ward saw his chance. He had a son and Lord Dudley a granddaughter, and, if Lord Dudley would consent to the match, the money would be handed over. This was accordingly agreed upon, and the fortunes of the family have gone on increasing ever since. So, at any rate, says tradition.
Lord Northcote, too, is very rich, and became still richer when, in 1873, he married the adopted daughter of Lord Mount-stephen, cousin of Lord Strathcona, and one of the millionaire makers of modern Canada. Lady Northcote endeared herself to the Australians as a most amiable hostess-" always gracious and womanly, always tactful and sympathetic." It was while in the Commonwealth that Lord and Lady Northcote were taken down a famous goldmine in the Bendigo district to a depth of a thousand feet. Lady Northcote was taken to a particular spot and presented with a pick, and, after digging a little, she came upon a nest of nuggets, which were immediately presented to her as souvenirs. Distinguished visitors usually turn up nuggets on these occasions.
Lord Northcote is fond of telling the story of a curious use which was made of him while he was acting as Governor-general of Australia. Strolling one night through an avenue of sombre trees to a friend's house to dinner, he was suddenly pounced upon by a maidservant, who kissed him effusively and pressed a little parcel into his hand. " Here's a sausage for you. I can't come out tonight, as master has company," she whispered, and mysteriously disappeared. When he reached the house, Lord Northcote found one of his servants loitering by the gate. " What are you doing here? " asked his lordship. " I'm waiting for my sweetheart," the man stammered. " Where is she? " " In service here." " Ah, then I am right! Here is a sausage from your sweetheart, and she wishes me to tell you that she cannot come out to-night, as her master has company." Seeing that the man looked nervous, Lord Northcote added kindly: " She also gave me a kiss for you; but perhaps you would rather wait until you see her. Here is five shillings instead."
Before her marriage, in 1903, Lady Denman was Miss Gertrude Mary Pearson, only daughter of Sir Weetman Pearson, now Lord Cowdray, the well-known multimillionaire. Lord Denman is a grandson of the first baron, that famous Lord Chief Justice of England who, with the even more famous Lord Brougham, undertook the defence of the hapless Caroline of Brunswick, the " injured Queen" of George IV. The same Lord Denman was also instrumental in quashing the conviction for conspiracy of the Irish patriot, Daniel O'connell, in 1844. It was at this time that, in denouncing the system of jury-packing, he originated the well-known and often-used phrase, " a mockery, a snare, and a delusion."
Although, both in his own right and in that of his wife, Lord Denman is a very rich man, he has proved his worth as a worker. When he served in the South African War he won the warm appreciation of his men as well as of his superiors. He was noted for the care he took of his men's comfort whenever possible, and he shared whatever luxuries he had with them. Both he and Lady Denman are enthusiasts in all forms of sport, a fact which will strongly appeal to the people of the Commonwealth; while it is safe to affirm that Lady Denman, who has won a great reputation as a political hostess in this country, will worthily maintain the hospitable traditions of Government House, and strengthen the links that bind together the Mother Country and her daughter colonies.