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From: "Ellen Stanton" <>
Subject: South Africa Magazine: Domestic Announcements 21 November 1896
Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2005 20:20:59 -0500


This is a transcription of a column that appeared in South Africa magazine November 21, 1896. The column is titled "Domestic Announcements".

BIRTHS

SONS

BEAUMONT, Mrs., East London, October 15
FEATHERSTONE, Mrs. J. H., Graaff-Reinet, October 16
GEDDIE, Mrs. A., East London, October 12
PARKES, Mrs. A. R., Graaff-Reinet, October 16
PRICE, Mrs. J., Uitenhage, October 9.
SYFRET, Mrs. A. G., Rondebosch, October 21

DAUGHTERS

ARCHIBALD, Mrs. R., Kimberley, October 18
DYKES, Mrs. J. M., Beaconsfield, October 19
GUILLEMARD-On October 23, at Aliwal North, Cape Colony, the wife of B. J. Guillemard, M.D., District Surgeon and J.P. for the district of Aliwal North
HEATH, Mrs. C., Volksrust, October 3

MARRIAGES

FAGAN, D.-MCCALLAN, B., Johannesburg, Oct. 17
HAWKEN, L.-WHITEHORN, E. W., Grahamstown, October 14
SAVAGE, W.-NEWELL, A. E. J., Kimberley, October 13
SULLIVAN, J.-GRIFFIN, K., Cape Town, October 22
WEINECK, F. W.-SUCKOW, L., Grahamstown, October 14
WENTINK-COCKS-On November 16, at Fauresmith, Orange Free State, Dirk Egbert Wentink, Architect, Government Works, Bloemfontein, O.F.S. to E. M. Mary Cocks (May), daughter of the late Robert Oxenham Cocks, and niece of Miss M. Oxenham Cocks, of Forest Hill, S.E.
WHITE, W.-Eva, L., Vryburg, October 18

DEATHS

DU PLESSIS, C. G., Cape Town, October 16, aged 64
GIBBONS, W. M., Grahamstown, October 13, aged 60.
GRADWELL, D. C., Albany, October 22, aged 65.
JOLLY, Mrs. E. M., Johannesburg, Oct. 18, aged 28.
KIDSON, R. J., Johannesburg, October 6, aged 43.
MACKAY, Mrs. E., Uitenhage, October 12, aged 76.
PEAKE-At Johannesburg, of typhoid, Walter Curtis Peake, A.R.S.M., aged 24, youngest and beloved son of Mr. and Mrs. Peake, St. Nicholas Road, Upper Tooting
STEVENSON-On September 9, in Mlanje, Nyassaland, Gilbert Stevenson, of the British Central Africa Administration, aged 29, son of J. J. Stevenson, of 4, Porchester Gardens, W.
WATSON, A., Grahamstown, October 17, aged 24.

Miscellaneous Articles on the same page:

There was a great deal of sickness in Pretoria according to last mail advices. The typhoid scourge continued unabated, while there were also many cases of dysentery.

The exodus of young men from Australia to the Cape is attracting a good deal of attention in the South African and Australian papers. A recent steamer took from Melbourne 220 young fellows evidently belonging to the better class of artisans. Most of them deposited their valuables in the purser's custody, and that officer stated that the average amount lodged by each passenger was £30.

A largely-attended public meeting was held at Leydsdorp lately, to consider the advisability of sending a deputation to meet His Honour the President of the Transvaal on his arrival at Pietersburg. Some startling facts were placed before the meeting as to the starvation now existing among the Kafirs on the fields. Many deaths had occurred from pure starvation. In districts the Kafirs were living on roots and field mice, and so dire was the distress in some places that the women were sent round to barter their honour to the white men for food. It was pointed out that the supply of flour and other bare necessaries of life was now nearly exhausted in the various stores in the district, and as transport was unobtainable, unless Government rendered assistance in the matter very shortly, the white population would be in the same state of starvation as the Kafirs.

ENTERTAINMENT

Bon voyage to Miss Harriet Vernon

Good news for comic opera-lovers in South Africa! Mr. D'Oyly Carte is sending out-by arrangement with Messrs. Wheeler-a repertoire opera company, under the management of Mr. Bellamy. The company is booked to sail by the Greek on the 28th inst., and its members include Miss Emmie Owen, Miss Dorothy Vane, Mr. George Thorne, and Mr. Scott Fishe (who is just now playing the title role in the Mikado). Mr. Weathersby will stage-manage the company, which will open on Boxing Night in Johannesburg.

Mr. Wilson Barrett's version of Mr. Hall Caine's novel, The Manxman, which was produced at the Lyric Theatre this week, differs from that with which playgoers are familiar. To her father's house, Pete now brings his erring wife and the child which she has brutally told him is not his, and there he learns from Philip's own lips the terrible truth that the man who has wrecked his happiness is his bosom friend. There, too, he is enabled to exercise a magnanimity which borders upon the Quixotic by freely forgiving both his wife and her lover and leaving them to the punishment of their own consciences, while he goes off to bury his grief in South Africa.

An operetta entitled On the Veldt-the redundant "t" is the publishers', not mine-is to be brought out by Messrs. Curwen and Sons, Cape Town.

Mr. Hugo Gorlitz, the Manager and Director of the Theatre Royal, Johannesburg, was badly hurt while riding his bicycle there recently. As he was turning a corner near the Theatre Royal a man on horseback dashed into him. The machine was wrecked, and Mr. Gorlitz, was thrown violently to the ground and severely bruised and cut.

Lady Halle will shortly publish a volume of extracts from letters written to her by the late Sir Charles Halle, forming a complete history of musical events in England between the years 1869 and 1895. Sir Charles Halle was engaged upon this book at the time of his death.

Just before leaving Cape Town for England, Mr. Sims Reeves was presented with a birthday ode, from which I extract the following:--

The warmest wishes of the World of Art,
In which so long you took a foremost part,
And millions more of men and women, too.
Whom you have charmed with song, will follow you;
And through long years this ever will be true,
"The greatest Tenor England ever knew."

The Pretoria theatre has been renovated. It will be completed next month, and, although not large, will be one of the coziest theatres in South Africa. It will hold over 600 people.

When the mail left Johannesburg Judah was being played at the local Standard Theatre by the Sass Comedy Company.

Miss Agnes Delaporte has been visiting Barberton, to the great delight of music lovers there. Of course, the fair Agnes warbled "One Day, Margot," from La Cigale, and brought down the house therewith. With Miss Delaporte were Miss Mina McDonnell (vocalist), and Signor Renzo ('cellist).

Of course, Miss Amy Coleridge was interviewed in Kimberley, but it is interesting to learn that the lady does not rate quite so highly as her husband (Mr. William Haviland) the taste of South African audiences. In her opinion, there is still a good deal of pioneer work to be done by enterprising companies who desire to raise the prevailing taste of audiences above the level of modern farcical comedy. At the same time, she is not indifferent to the fact that Shakespeare's tragedies and many of the best class of modern plays can always draw cultured audiences in such centres as Cape Town and Johannesburg; and her opinion of Kimberley was so high that she looked forward with much confidence to the staging there of Othello and The Merchant of Venice.

It was very kind of Miss Abbey St. Ruth to invite me to witness, on Friday week last, a copyright performance of an original four-act drama, The Key to King Solomon's Riches, Limited, but, unfortunately, I was not able, through a prior engagement, to be present. The cast included Miss Agnes Paulton and Mr. Harry Paulton, jun., and a friend of mine who attended tells me that it was fine fun to watch the mummers parading about with their 'scripts in their hands and with a back ground of no particular scenery to speak of. From a copy of the "argument" with which I was favoured, I gather that The Key, &c., is something of a thriller, with a fine South African flavour about it. The second act opens in Matabeleland, the first scene "showing the interior of a typical mine manager's house" on the Shangani Mines, the alleged property of the Key to King Solomon's Riches, Limited." The second scene of this act "shows a stamp battery and gold mine in Matabeleland, in full work." The aut!
horess of this curious piece is Miss St. Ruth, who is not altogether unknown to OLD STAGER.

CHEAP FREE STATE COAL

A number of coal properties in the Free State, in near proximity to Klerksdorp, consisting of nine farms in three groups, are at present held by a financial firm, and a scheme is now being developed to combine them into a large working concern, with operations on an extensive scale. Careful calculations have been made proving that the coal can be raised and delivered on the Transvaal side of the river at a working cost of 8s. 6d. per ton, the usual price charged to consumers being 24s. 8d. per ton. This scheme, if carried through, will help greatly in the development of the gold fields, and further news as to the matter will be anxiously looked for.

It is said that a Rand Syndicate may yet prosecute the search for coal near Coega, their operations being suspended owing to the Jameson episode. Search should also be made near Balmoral.

In Natal it is likely that a branch line will soon extend to the Bluff, so that Durban will be provided with convenient coaling staithes as at Blyth, Sunderland, and Shields, the situation highly favouring the scheme. The railway will also enable a project for erecting villas to be carried out, the situation being charming.

The Market Concessions Company, Johannesburg, have appointed Mr. J. M. F. de Wit Chief Marketmaster of Johannesburg, in succession to Mr. J. Smuts. Mr. de Wit has been connected with the market from its establishment. Previous to his departure and relinquishment of office, Mr. Smuts was presented by the Market Company with a bonus of 100 guineas, as a mark of the Directors' appreciation of his services.

Regards,
Ellen Stanton
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