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demand of him a speech from the Station Hotel balcony or a similar con-
venient place.

Sir Seymour, true to his characteristic energy and alertness, has always
been there when wanted, and the part he played in demanding justice for
•the fishermen at the time of the North Sea outrage will never be forgotten
The aggrieved may have lived in another division of the City, but that did
not in the least influence the member for Central Hull, who persisted, day
after day, at headquarters till the amende honourable was made. That episode
in the life of Hull is now closed, but a memorial in the public streets depicting
a fisherman with his hand outstretched, entreating the Russians to "Cease
firing," will hand the story down to future generations. Politically and


socially, Sir Seymour has always been a prominent figure in the local and
national picture, with, of course, Lady King as his accomplished and gracious
consort, who is, herself, esteemed by rich and poor alike.

Sir Seymour has certainly done much for Hull, and .the citizens have
sought to recognise it quite recently by presenting him with a costly casket
and signed scroll. A staunch Unionist, Sir Seymour has enjoyed an inter-
rupted representation of Central Hull for the period already mentioned, and
he gave a further impetus to the Cause he has so much at heart by getting
Mr. Balfour to speak at Hull, on Feb. 1st, 1907.


Sir Alfred Gelder, F.R.S., B.A., J. P.

IVE times Mayor of Hull. That is a distinction which probably
constitutes a record. It can, however, be applied to one of
the most distinguished gentlemen who have served the City
of Hull. Sir Alfred Gelder in that City is a name well-known;
with him Hull might have been the only City in th'e Kingdom. It has pro-
vided Kim with a life work, and under his very able and skilful guidance it
has grown to be a place of wide and welhplanned streets and spacious build-
ings. Sir Alfred might have been a fairy godfather, for it is his magic wand
that has completely transformed old and dingy thoroughfares into a City that
in many respects may be taken as a pattern by even the larger hives of

Time and energy have been lavishly given by Sir Alfred Gelder, but the
result has been to him an ample reward, although no one ever more greatly
deserved the Knighthood which was conferred on him shortly after the visit
of the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1903. On that occasion he main-
tained the dignity of the Mayoral office by lavishly entertaining the Royal
guests, and the honour conferred upon him subsequently was largely attribut-
able to this unique distinction.

It was as recent as 1895, comparatively speaking, that he first entered the
Hull City Council, and during the period that has elapsed, in addition to
filling the office of Chief Magistrate five times, he has been made a Magistrate
and advanced to the Aldermanic Bench. His advancement was certainly


rapid, but his honours were thoroughly well deserved and ungrudgingly be-
stowed, and the citizens freely expressed their admiration of his pertinacity in
proposing and successfully carrying through the various street improvement
schemes, which, though suggested years ago, required such a bold mind as
that of Sir Alfred to carry the Corporation with him.

Prior to entering the City Council Sir Alfred Gelder was a member of
the 1892 School Board. In another direction his public work has been con-
fined to the religious body, the Wesleyan Methodists, of which he is a leading
member. The erection of the Queen's Hall, at a cost of £34,000, and in
style a duplicate of the main hall of the Leysian Mission, London, opened
by the Prince of Wales, is part of his professional work. A huge mission,
it is proving a great success, for it is conducted on what may be described
as on the lines of "the greatest good for the greatest number," without any
class distinctions.

Born at North Cave, a pretty village near Hull, in 1855, the subject of
this sketch commenced business in Hull as an architect and has built up by
his own industry and conspicuous ablities a most successful practice.

As a self-made man, Sir Alfred's life is a fine example to be copied.

Sir Afred Gelder is a Liberal in politics, and an active supporter of his
party. Needless to add, he is very widely respected and esteemed by all

His Honour Judge H. M. Bompas, K.C., J. P.

S an upright, high-minded English gentleman, His Honour Judge
Henry Mason Bompas, K.C., J.P., is held in universal esteem.
It is, of course, a great acquisition to the County to have a
gentleman of bis culture, experience, and abtilities, willing to
give the shire the benefit of his skill and counsel.

Besides his responsible position as County Court Judge for Bradford and
Keighley Circuit, his Honour has also held the important appointment of
Recorder of Poole, Plymouth and Devonport, and is a Justice of the Peace
for Yorkshire.

The learned Judge was born in London in 1836, educated privately, and
at University College, London, also at St. John's College, Cambridge ; and is
an }u.A. London and Cantab. He married, in 1867, Rachel Henrietta, eldest
daughter of the Rev. Edward White, of Tufnell Park.

His Honour became Barrister of the Inner Temple, 1863, Treasurer, 1905 ;
and Q.C. in 1877. He is a distinguished member of a profession that rightly
ranks as one of the oldest and most influential. In all ages deference and
respect have been paid to those who have been enrolled among its members.
It is a code of etiquette which has been passed on from generation to
generation bespeaking the antiquity and long bead-roll of the profession.
Its ritual and ceremonies are second only to those of the Church. And yet
not even the legal profession remains untouched by the finger of time.


Judge Henry Mason Bompas has, during the course of his successful
career witnessed a revolution in legal institutions. He has seen courts of
antiquity swept away, and offices almost coeval with the Common Law
abolished. He has seen the opening of the Royal Courts of Justice as the
outcome of a movement long in operation for bringing the scattered parts of
the Curiiia Regis and the housing of them under one roof.

Thanks 'to his own sterling qualities as a judge and the display of
corresponding qualifications in many other County Court Judges, our dis-
tinguished subject has seen the cry for a general extension of the powers of
these popular tribunals taken up with an earnestness and persistence that
cannot much longer go unheeded. The modern County Court lis the creation
of an Act of Parliament passed in the year 184G. There were at the time a
number of small local courts scattered throughout the country in which actions
might be brought for the recovery of small debts. But their procedure was
not uniform, and therein involved much delay and expense, amd were some-
times conducted before incompetent persons to the great prejudice of suitors.
The establishment of popular local courts has occupied the attention of
legislators from the earliest times. The principle laid down by the laws
of Canute was as follows : "Let no man apply to the King unless he may not
be entitled to justice within his hundred; and let the hundred-motet (the hun-
dred court) be applied to, and then again let there be a shire-mote" (a County

In politics, Judge Bompas is a Liberal Unionist ; and he is particularly in-
terested in Volunteering.

Whatever His Honour has undertaken he has done creditably, and, alike
as Judge, Magistrate, and Recorder, he has always carried out his duties with
conspicuous care and judicial impartiality. Courteous in conduct,, kindly in
disposition and modest in mainner, he is a splendid specimen of that perfect
gentleman' whom we all admire.

His addresses are: — 12, Park Parade, Harrogate, 95, Iverna Court, Ken-
sington, and 3, Harcourt Buildings, E.C

7/ie 3tev. Canon ./. A. Wilson, J/.A.. ././'.

The Rev. Canon J. Allen Wilson, M.A., J.P.

NE of the most 'highly respected and esteemed of Yorkshire
clergy is the Rev. Canon J. Allen Wilson, M.A., Rector of
^&J£K\ Bolton-by-Bolland. He was born at Endcliffe Hall, Sheffield,
and educated at the Sheffield Collegiate School, and Trinity
College, Cambridge. For 48 years now he has held the living of Bolton-
by-Bolland, and is held in high regard by his parishioners.

From 1881 to 1904 Canon Wilson was Rural Dean of West Craven, a
post which entailed a good deal of hard work and responsibility. He is a
Justice of the Peace for the West Riding, and Honorary Canon of Ripon

Canon Wilson married Catherine, the younger daughter of Mr. Henry
Remington of Aynsome, Grange-over-Sands, Lancashire, and he lives very
quietly and unostentatiously at Bolton Rectory, Clitheroe. As a clergyman
his advice is greatly prized, and his opinions, whether expressed from the
pulpit, or outside the church, are much valued. Possessed of considerable
learning and a whole-hearted desire to promote the welfare of his flock. Canon
Wilson is ever ready to become a friend in need. He is a typical representa-
tive of his cloth, and a distinct ornament to his calling.

W. E. -ft. Trirsl/ev. Esq., ./.'/.. .;/.-/.

W. E. B. Priestley, Esq., J.P., M.P.

► ORKSHIRE is well supplied with generous and influential public
gentleman, and of these there are few who, in their own districts,
are more highly esteemed than Mr. William Edwin Briggs
Priestley, J.P., M.P., eldest surviving son of the late Bnggs
Priestley, Esq., J.P., of "Ferncliffe," Apperley Bridge, near Bradford, who
was Member of Parliament for the Pudsey Division of Yorkshire from 1885
to 1900. Mr. Priestley's brother, Arthur Priestley, is M.P. for Grantham.

Mr. W. E. B. Priestley was born in 1859 ; educated privately at Harrogate ;
and married in April, 1883, Ruth, daughter of Joseph Craven, Esq., J.P., of
Ashfield, Thornton, near Bradford, ex-M.P. for the Shipley Division of York-

Mr. Priestley has had a very interesting and very useful public career
as will be seen from the statement that he has been a Magistrate for the
City of Bradford since 1894; City Councillor for Premier Ward from 1895
to 1903, when he was elected Alderman ; Chairman of the Technical Instruc-
tion Committee since its inception; first Chairman of the Education Com-
mittee under the Act of 1902; Mayor of Bradford, 1904-05; and a Mem-
ber of the Executive of the National Liberal Federation, 1901-03. He also
contested East Bradford for Parliamentary honours in the Liberal interest in
1900, but was defeated by the late Honourable Capt. R. F. Granville.

An active, able, industrious, public and political worker, Mr. Priestley,
M.P has unquestionably rendered zealous and sterling services to the


Liberal Party, of which he is such an eloquent and popular member. He
is a courageous political assailant, and an impressive speaker. Whatever his
political opponents may think of his views there is, candidly, no mistaking the
fact that in all he says and does, Mr. Priestley is manifestly earnest and
sincere; nor does he flinch at any time from an honest avowal of his opinions
upon any thorny question.

Strong, indeed, is the vein of candour which runs through the whole of
his speeches, which become the more forcible because they are the outward
expression of inward 1 and deep-rooted convictions; but naturally his sturdy and
independent remarks are not always particularly palatable to those persons of
an opposite school of thought. Still, there is no challenging Mr. Priestley's
sincerity, or his plucky perseverance at election times; and, aftex all, we
English like a manly fighter, and even, entre nous, quietly admire him. The
disinterested zeal with which he applies himself to all matters that come under
his notice, and which he may consider deserving of attention, is in itself suffi-
cient proof of the genuine nature of his solicitude for the true welfare of
those around him and of the people in general. His aim, indeed, has always
been to endeavour to discharge diligently and faithfully, the duty that lies at
hand. Equally correct is the statement that Mr. Priestley has never
spared time or trouble in assisting to advance the best interests of his con-
stituents, irrespective of class or creed, who fully recognise on their part
that they have in him an impartial, fair-minded and astute representative who
is not easily to be caught napping at any time. In brief, both in sentiment
and in action, the worthy gentleman inspiringly endorses the sage's exordium :
— "Follow light and do the right — for mam can half control his doom."

Mr. Priestley, M.P., has beauttful residences at Rosemount House, and
at Littledale Hall, Caton, near Lancaster, while his town address is Queen
Anne's Mansions St. James' Park, S.W. ; and his clubs are the Reform and
National Liberal.

T. R. Ferens, Esq., M.P.

F one were to describe Mr. T. R. Ferens as trie "People's M.P."
the designation would be very apt. Mr. Ferens was elected to
represent the industrial portion of East Hull City in the present
Parliament, the vacancy being caused by the resignation of
Sir J. T. Firbank, who had represented the constituency for many years.

In the heat of the campaign East Hull is no better or worse than other
Parliamentary Divisions, and many pointed shafts were discharged from
both camps, but now that is all over, Mr. Ferens seems to have as many friends
amongst the "enemy" as everywhere else. The reason is simply this : He
is, of course, a staunch supporter of the Government, and has been an earnest
politician for many years, but the side of his career that has won him respect
of friend and foe is his devotion to the social and philanthropic movement.
There are not many members of the House of Commons who would return to
their constituencies every week end to fulfil the role of a Sunday School Super-
intendant. Mr. Ferens does that, and is associated in the work by his precious
wife. Both must feel proud of the fact that the Young People's Institute in
East Hull— probably the largest of its kind in the United Kingdom— in a
large measure owes its foundation and success to their energies. Mr. Ferens
has also been associated with a similar work, the Hull Young People's Christian
and Literary Institute, as its President for a number of years; and quite
recently he showed his interest in the young folk by presenting the Institute
with an extensive Recreation Ground on the outskirts of the City.


In another direction his benefaction has been extended in the shape of
a gift of several thousand pounds to the city as a nucleus towards founding
the new Ail Gallery. Mr. Ferens is also an ^deal type of a successful com-
mercial man, for starting as a boy in quite a minor position he has progressed
steadily till now he is a member of the famous firm of starch and blue renown,
namely Reckitts, of which Sir James Reckitt, a Hull philanthropist, is the
revered head.

Quite recently, too, the subject of this brief sketch gave one thousand
on so workmen and girls at Messrs. Reckitt's firm an agreeable surprise, for
on leaving one evening thexe was a bright sovereign awaiting each. It was
just a happy thought by the honourable member.

To glance again at Mr. Ferens' political career, which is the one that is
now opening before him, one might add, that so long as the Election of
1868, When Messrs James Clay and Charles Norwood were returned for Hull,
he was actively engaged in the fray, and from the time East Hull was made
a separate Constituency he, devoted his energies to it.

He has been for a number of years President of the East Hull Liberal Club,
and Chairman of the. Hull and District Liberal Federation, of which Sir
James Reckitt was formerly President. Mr. Ferens is also a Past President
of the Hull Chamber of Commerce and Shipping, and a Justice of the Peace.

Mr. Ferens was born at New Shildon, in the County of Durham, in 1847,
and married, in 1872, a daughter of the late Mr. William Field. They have
no children; but an adopted son was Sheriff of Hull in 1906.

Ed. Allen Brotherton, Esq., M.P., J. P.

MONG the successful captains of British industry it would be diffi-
cult to find a more typical example than that of the present
Conservative Member for the Borough of Wakefield. His
career may, in a sense, be regarded as a second edition of the
Wars of the Roses. In this case, however, instead of being a savage struggle
for Monarchial ascendancy, it has been a bloodless campaign for commercial
supremacy. As a native of Lancashire, and inheriting a full share of Lancas-
trian shrewdness, Mr. Edward Allen Brotherton, M.P., can certainly be said
to have conquered his hard-headed Yorkshire rivals in the keenly competitive
crusade of commerce.

Born in Manchester, in the year 1856, and destined for a commercial
career, Mr. Brotherton was fortunate in being able to receive his education at
that liberal and progressive seat of learning, Owen's College, Manchester, just
at the time when it was making a bid for the University distinction it after-
wards attained.

" There ia a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune ; "

and Mr. Brotherton certainly caught the flood-tide of prosperity, when,
in the year 1878, he came to Wakefield, and started business in a somewhat
humble way as a chemical manufacturer, at the Calder Vale Chemical Works.
Paying special attention to the manufacture of ammonia from the gas-
works' bye-product, the business prospered phenomenally, with the result that,
in course of time, branch establishments sprang up at such places at Leeds.


Birmingham, Liverpool, Stockport, and elsewhere ; arid at the present time
his firm may be said to be the largest ammonia manufacturers in the world.

Commerce has been one of the greatest civilizers the world has ever known.
"It disposes," says a great writer, "nations to peace, by establishing in every
state an order of citizens bound by their interest to be the guardians of
public tranquility. As soon as the commercial spirit acquires vigour, and
begins to gain the ascendant in any society, we discern a new genius in its
policy, its alliances, its wars, and its negotiations." And men possessed,
like Mr. Brotherton, of true commercial genius, foresight and sagacity have
been, to a very large extant, the regenerators and benefactors of their race.

While at the zenith of his prosperity Mr. Brotherton saw the propriety of
allowing his employees to participate in the profits of their own industry,
and to that end, he converted his business into a limited company, affording
his workmen special facilities for becoming shareholders; and, needless to
say, they gladly availed themselves of the opportunity. It is doubtful, indeed,
whether a more thoroughly contented lot of workmen can be found from one
end of the country to the other.

Mr. Joseph Brotherton, at one time M.P. for Salford, and a distant relative
of the subject of the present sketch, is reported to have said, "My riches
consist not in the extent of my possesions, but in the fewness of my wants";
and these words are appropriately emblazoned on the pedestal of the said Mr.
Joseph Brotherton's statue, which stands near the entrance of Peel Park, Salford.
The sentiment is one which deserves to be pondered in these days when the
scnamble for wealth seems to be the rule, rather than the ideal of "Plain Living
and High Thinking."

The Member for Wakefield, although living a distinctly simple life, is
a generous contributor to all philanthropic, religious and other objects. But
the principles which he has found effective in his business life, he has trans-
ferred to the domain of philanthropy. His donations, for instance, are in-
variably given under conditions which ensure that others shall do their share.
He always aims at inducing self-'help rather than encouraging indiscriminate


charity. Wakefield, although rich i"n charitable institutions, has, by Mr.
Brotherton, been placed under tribute for another charity, and one which has
been very greatly appreciated, viz., that of a pension to citizens of good
character who have attained the age. of sixty-five years and upwards. On
the Coronation of King Edward VII., he became the patron saint of every
child then in attendance in the elementary schools in the city, by presenting
each with a bank-book showing a shilling deposit to its credit. Again, in the
month of April, 1906, in order to celebrate his fiftieth birthday, all the children
who had since joined the schools were also presented with similar bank-books.
No better method of practically inculcating thrift could have been devised;
and in proof of this it may be said that the majority of these fortunate young
people not only treasure their Brotherton bank-books to the present time, but
show a healthy rivalry in keeping up small periodical deposits.

On the succession of Lord Milton (who had represented Wakefield for
several years), to the Earldom of Fitzwilliam, Mr. Brotherton was, on Lady-
day, 1902, returned triumphantly as Conservative Member for Wakefield,
by the record majority of 981, against a strong Socialist opponent; and in
the November following, he was also elected Mayor and Chief Magistrate
of the city, with his niece, Miss Ratcliffe, as Mayoress, and was also allocated
an Aldermanic seat The year of his Mayoralty was, in a social sense, one
of singular brilliance. As proof of his rare popularity and hold in the hearts
of the electorate, he still retained his seat in the three-cornered contest which
took place at the general election, in January, 1906, but naturally, with a
decreased majority, which was then 217. In January, 1907, he was selected
by the Lord Chancellor as a member of the West Riding County Bench.

Mr. Brotherton spends the greater part of his time at his delightful
country seat, Arthington Hall, situated on one of the most picturesque spots
in the lovely, winding valley of the Wharfe, his charmingly wooded park and
beautifully kept gardens being, during the summer months, a favourite pic
nicing resort for friendly, religious, social and other societies. There political
friends and foes are alike made equally welcome.


As a speaker Mr. Brotherton scores best, perhaps, when he confines him-
self to a purely conversational style ; and he is in constant request as Chairman
at dinners, and other social functions. Hunting and shooting are his favourite
pastimes ; and whenever he secures a good bag, it is always freely distributed
among his friends.

Thomas Wm. Nussey, Esq., B.A., M.P.

(HERE are few Members of Parliament with a more charming
personality than the sitting Member for the ancient Borough
of Pontefract, Yorkshire; and in all the broad-acred County
there are still fewer who are more genial, more sociable, more
approachable than he. It must not be assumed, however, that Mr. Nussey
lacks grit. The stand he took recently on the Land Tenure Bill proves
the contrary, if proof were necessary. He comes of "gritty" stock, his
honoured fatner, Thomas Nussey, Esq., of Bramley Grange, Yorkshire,
being one of the founders of an important commercial undertaking and a
pioneer of technical education in the County.

Born in 1868, Mr. William Nussey is still under forty — a tall, handsome
man in the prime of life. He graduated B-A. at Trinity Hall, Cambridge,
being at one time President of its debating club ; was called to the Bar in
1893; had his political baptism in fighting the forlorn hope of the Liberal
Party at Maidstone in 1892, being entertained to a complimentary banquet
there later; in the middle of 1893 was elected for Pontefract, after the un-
seating of his college friend, Mr. Harold James Reckitt ; and eventually was
elected a member of the Eighty Club

The hon. gentleman's representation of Pontefract has been of the hap-
piest- Indeed, it is not too much to say that he is beloved of his consti-
tuents, who have returned him with ever-increasing majorities. Mr. Nussey


is a good speaker and platform helper, an assiduous and able worker on com-
mittees in the House of Commons, speaks in the House occasionally, and is
greatly esteemed in every connexion ; and in his devoted partner in life— the

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