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daughter of the late T. Daniel, Esq., of Saxifield, Scarboro', whom he mar-
ried in October of 1897 — he has a happy helpmeet, one who fully sympathises
with his political and social work and ambitions, whether at their delightful
place, "Rushwood," Tanfield near Ripon, or in the busier scenes of West-

Mr- Nussey has his hobbies and recreations, is fond of horses, and is a
member of the Bramham Hunt ; but these are not allowed to interfere with
his duties to his constituents, which are discharged with thoroughness and for
the public good ; the hon. gentleman is a public servant first, and a country
gentleman afterwards.

Hamar Greenwood, Esq., M.P.


)R. HAMAR GREENWOOD, the senior and Liberal Member of
Parliament for York, is a six-foot tall Canadian, with a slight
twang reminiscent of the West, and the possessor of that great
gift, the saving grace of humour. He was born nearly thirty-
seven years ago in the town of Whitby, situated some thirty miles east of
Toronto, on the north shore of Lake Ontario-

His father, a well-known Canadian barrister, was by birth an English-
man; and his mother was of that United Empire loyalist stock which is to
the Canadian what the Pilgrim Father stock is to the American. Her
American ancestor was one of those British soldiers who lived in the New
England Colonies until the Stars and Stripes supplanted the Union Jack,
when, with thousands of other loyalists, he moved into Canada to live and
die under the old flag.

After graduating at the Toronto University, Mr. Greenwood came to
England, and, for some fourteen years or so, has been taking an active
part in public affairs. Formerly an officer in the Canadian Militia, he is now
in command of the Canadian troops of the King's Colonial Imperial Yeo-
manry, of which the Prince of Wales is the distinguished head. As one of
the heads of the Canadian Society in London, Mr. Greenwood is naturally a
keen enthusiast on all Colonial matters, and when Mr. Winston Churchill
became Under Secretary for the Colonies he appointed the senior Member
for York his Parliamentary Secretary.


It is given to some men to be fortunate enough to find the road through
life made interesting by notable incidents, and by the elements of romance.
The Liberal member for York is one of these lucky men. His invitation to
contest the city was one of those happy incidents. He was asked to take the
place of a distinguished politician, whose illness prevented him from making
the speech of the evening. Although a perfect stranger to York, Mr. Green-
wood's obvious sincerity and stirring speech so appealed to the Liberals of
the historic capital of the broad-acred shire that he was forthwith invited to
champion their cause. He did so, and had the satisfaction of finding his
name at the top of the list when the result of the polling was declared in
January of 1906.

Mr. Greenwood is very popular with his constituents, and after his ex-
citing experiences in the earthquake at Jamaica, received a host of congratu-
lations from his numerous friends on his safe return. The cheery Member
lor York, in the short time he has been in the House of Commons, has made
himself quite a favourite, and those in a position to judge declare that few
M-P.'s in so brief a Parliamentary experience have become so well known
and so universally liked.

Mr. Greenwood, who has the distinction of having polled more votes than
any other Parliamentary representative of the city of York, is a member of
Gray's Inn ; a Freemason ; a Journalist ; a member of the National Liberal
Club ; and a happy platform speaker. He declares that England wants
"Canadianising," and in sp'te of his long residence in the Motherland he
maintains the breeziness and optimism characteristic of our self-governing

He is unmarried, and a great favourite with the ladies in his constituency.
During the election Mr. Greenwood vowed he would never wed until he
became MP. for York. The self-imposed ban has long since been removed,
but Mr. Greenwood still retains the freedom of single-blessedness.

Last year he revisited Canada, and was greatly lionised, especially in
<Vhitbv and Toronto.

G. D. Faber, Esq., M.P.

NE of the most popular ot York's representatives ever returned to
the House of Commons is Mr. George Denison Faber, the
city's pjresent junior and Conservative M.P. He succeeded
Lord Charles Beresford in a memorable bye-election fought in
1900, when he defeated the Master of Elibank, and at once became a prime
favourite with all classes of citizens.

" I have no eloquent tongue that charms all hearts," he told the first
election audience he addressed, "but I can claim to be a plain Yorkshireman
bred and born, a Yorkshireman on both sides of the family, and a Yorkshire-
man close at heart." '

It need scarcely be said that Mr. Faber has most successfully charmed
the hearts of his constituents ever since the day he became member of the
historic Roman city, and very proud He is to sit at Westminster as its represen-
tative. Some time before the last General Election his Health gave way, and
he was ordered a complete rest and change. He at once placed his resignation
in the hands of his party, but they unanimously declined to accept it, and
endorsed the opinion of his medical man that he should take an extended
holiday, a line of action in which citizens of all shades of political opinion

Mr. G. D. Faber was born in 1S52, and his mother was a sister of the late
Lord Grimthorpe. He was educated at Marlborough, where he captained the
cricket eleven, and at the University College, Oxford. In 1879 he was called


to the Bar, but did not practise, and was made Registrar of the Judicial Com-
mittee of the Privy Council in 1887, which position he held until 1896.

AhouL *his time he succeeded to considerable wealth under the will of the
late Mr. Andrew Montagu, of Ingmanthorpe Hall, near Wetherby. TBis large
fortune brought with it certain obligations in regard to Covent Garden Opera,
but of these he has now divested himself, and has been able to give consider-
able attention to the Turf, on which, however, he has not been so successful
as his costly investments in horseflesh have deserved.

Mr. Faber is a thorough sportsman, which is declared to be an inherent
quality in every Yorkshireman. On the Turf he always runs to win, and races
for the pure sport of the thing. Of late years he has been one of the familiar
figures at the historic Gimcrack dinner held at York, and was once known, to
entertain a distinguished company of " Cracksmen "' to an excellent vocal
divertisement. Indeed, if Mr. Faber had not been a wealthy man he could
have quite easily won a comfortable livelihood in the concert hall.

Large are the claims upon Mr. Faber's time in York, and he does his best
to meet the exacting demands of his constituents. One evening you may see
him figuring at a " smoker " at a workmen's or political club, associating with
the members of the amateur theatrical societies, or taking his part in a civic
function. It is all the same to genial Mr. Faber. He is quite at home in
ev j ry instance, and naturally immensely popular.

In 1895 he married Hilda Georgina, the youngest daughter of the late Sir
Fr'dtrick Graham, Bart., of Netherby. His town residence is 14, Grosvenpr
Square, and his clubs are the Carlton and United University. He also
occasionally resides at Rush Court, Wallingford, and possesses a handsome
place at Harrogate.

In 1905 Mr. Faber had conferred upon him the Order of the Companion-
ship of the Bath.

Alderman flatly Lane/ley, M.?P.

Alderman Batty Langlcy, M.P.

iIDELY known as the able and popular Member of Parliament
for the Attercliffe Division of Sheffield, Alderman Batty
Langley ranks as one of the most active and efficient repre-
sentatives of the Liberal and Radical party. He is a fluent
speaker and a forcible debater. The honourable gentleman always infuses
unmistakable energy and earnestness into every subject which he takes up, and
as he is invariably careful to study all the facts connected with a question, he
is consequently in a position to make out a strong, if not an absolutely con-
vincing, case. For this reason his opinions, although of course not satisfac-
tory to everybody, have at least the merits of candour and common sense.
Whilst firmly supporting, too, that which he considers to be right and just, and
thoroughly outspoken in controversy, Mr. Batty Langley is never bigoted
or unduly hairsh; and in addition to treating those who may differ from
him on any point with every courtesy he takes care never to say anything that
would leave room for anyone to question the sincerity of his convictions. A
large-hearted gentleman, he is possessed of broad sympathies, and is the soul
of honour.

Born in 1834 at Uppingham, Rutland, Alderman Langley, M.P., is the son
of the late Thomas Langley, of that town, and was educated at Uppingham
School. He came to Sheffield in the fifties, and in 1863 commenced business
on his own account as a timber merchant, and is now proprietor of the Sheaf
Saw Milla Took to public work on the Liberal and Nonconformist side as
a young man, and some years ago was honoured with the presentation on


completion of fifty years connection with Queen Street Congregational Church
and Sunday School.

Mr. Langley entered the Sheffield Council in 1871, and is now one of its
four oldest members; he became Alderman. 1890, and Mayor 1892-93. During
has year of office as Mayor of Sheffield, the great dispute in the coal trade
commenced, and he suggested and held a conference of five Mayors (Sheffield,
Barnsley, Leeds, Bradford, and Derby), who took steps to bring the coal-
owners and miners together with a view of settling the dispute ; but the strug-
gle continued some weeks longer. In the following year, 1894, by the death
of Lord CoiUeridge, his son, the Horn Bernard Coleridge, vacated his seat in
Parliament for the Attercliffe Division, and Alderman Langley was chosen
as the Liberal candidate. Besides his Conservative opponent, Mr. G. Hill
Smith, there wafc a' candidate, Mr. Frank Smith, put forward by the Indepen-
dent Labour Pairty. The three-cornered contest, which attracted attention
throughout the country, was very bitterly fought, but it resulted in a victory
for Alderman Langley by nearly a thousand votes over his Conservative
opponent!; but the Labour vote was 1,294. Since then the division has not
been contested, and Alderman Langley sit ill represent it. Alderman Langley
has occupied nearly all positions of public trust open to citizens of Sheffield.
He is a Justice of the Peace for both city and county.

A gratifying feature of Alderman Langley's Parliamentary life has been,
and is, his regular attendance. If every member were as devoted to his duties
at St Stephen's as is the worthy Alderman, the division lists would be apprecia-
bly swollen, and the anxiety and strain on the Party whips sensibly lessened.
Mr. Langley's ardent services to his constituents in the House of Commons
arise less from mere partisanship, than from a desire to safeguard and advance
the interests of his entire constituency. He is, as already stated, a very
popular MP., and is much liked in the Division he represents so exceptionally
well in the House of Commons.

His residence is Langhill, Manchester Road, Sheffield, and his club, the
National Liberal, London.

A. J. Sherwell, Esq., M.P.


N these days of social controversy the country is undoubtedly in
need of such minds as that of Mr. Arthur James Sherwell,

M.P. for Huddersfield.

Mr. Sherwell, who is a member of a West Country
family, was born in London in 1863, and has devoted a considerable portion of
his studious and busy life to research into social questions. Although his
family were members of the Church of England, the subject of this sketch
attached himself to the Wesleyan body, and entered the Handsworth College,
Birmingham, to prepare himself for the Ministry. After labouring in the
Broomsgrove and Brighouse circuits, he joined the Rev. Hugh Price Hughes
in West London, and in 1893-4, took charge of the mission which centred
around Princes Hall, Piccadilly. He then severed his active connection with
the Wesleyan Ministry, and in consequence of the deplorable social conditions
into which he had had an insight, he subsequently applied his keen brain
wholly to social research.

Mr. Sherwell is the possessor of a fluent and graceful literary style, and the
results of three years' investigation in London, and further exhaustive per-
sonal observation in the poverty stricken regions of Edinburgh, were two
sterling Works — "Life in West London," and "Edinburgh Investigations."
His books have commanded the attention of social reformers connected with
ail political parties. His views, too, upon, and facts about, Licensing reform,
which appear in '"The Temperance Problem and Social Reform" (a Work he


produced in conjunction with Mr. Joseph Rowntree, of York), have also been
eagerly seized upon, and are greatly valued by those interested in this import-
ant matter.

Mr. Sherwell is a brilliant and convincing orator. On the occasion of the
Parliamentary bye-election in Huddersfield in November last, when a vacancy
was created by the appointment of Sir J. T. Woodhouse, the then sitting
Member as a Commissioner of Railways, Mr. Sherwell, on the invitation of the
Liberal Party offered himself to the Constituency for Parliamentary honours,
and gained them against two able opponents, not to speak of the lady suf-
fragists ! He despises personalities on the platform, and with his inexhaustive
fund of information on burning questions of the day can well afford to ignore
and dispense with either acrimonious or bantering criticisms of individuals.

Mr. Sherwell possesses a potent personality which inspires respect, con-
fidence, and friendliness; and he is esteemed by political friends and oppo-
nents alike. He has travelled extensively having twice voyaged round the
world, and is a charming and instructive companion.

Mr. Sherwell's favourite sport is cricket, and he is a sincere admirer of
George Herbert Hirst, the famous Yorkshire player, who resides at Kirk-
heaton, just outside the boundary of Mr. Sherwell's Constituency.

Mr. Sherwell's address is 57, Great Russell Street, London.

Colonel J. Menztes Clay/tills, ././'.. FH.Gh.

Colonel J. Menzies Clayhills, J.P., F.R.G.S.

|LTHOUGH not now residing in Yorkshire, Colonel James
Menzies Clayhills is a J. P. for the North Riding, having held
this position since 1879; and it is also interesting to record
that he represented Whitby on the North Riding County
Council for the first three years of its existence.

Very correctly may it be stated that Colonel Menzies Clayhills is a
gallant officer and an estimable gentleman. On all hands he is esteemed for
his courtesy and his integrity. He is an excellent type of alike the coura-
geous soldier and the honourable English magistrate ; a gentleman of sound
judgment in the manifold affairs of life; methodical and just; bright and
cheerful to optimism; and at all times he has a genial smile for his friends
and acquaintances, whether of high or low estate. His broad sympathies
and mellowed mind enable him to see good in most men, and in the affairs
of daily life he enjoys the confidence, and goodwill of them all. Perhaps the
best panegyric that can be pronounced upon the gallant Colonel is that he
has always endeavoured to earnestly and creditably do his duty, and to
maintain unsullied the escutcheon of his family.

Assuredly the poet's taunt, " They little know of England who only
England know," does not apply to the distinguished subject of this Sketch.
Like so many other English officers, naval and military, Colonel Menzies
Clayhills is a travel -in formed gentleman. He has visited many parts of the
British Empire, and also various Foreign Countries. He can thus vividly


realise, in a manner that the mere home-staying man never can know, how
literally true is the boast that England's Empire is one on which the sun
never sets.

Very interesting and brilliant) has been Colonel Menzies ClayttiilL's
military career, which reminds us how justly proud England may be of her
many gallant sons who have nobly risked health and life in her service.
Many a time and oft their deeds of valour and daring have been told in song
and story, and never will Englishmen tire of hearing of the exploits of
their gallant countrymen who have upheld Britain's honour and prestige amid
the sturih and drang of the "battle and the breeze."

Late of the 1st Battalion 7th Royal Fusiliers, Colonel Menzies Clayhills
has served with the Regiment at Gibraltar, Malta, Quebec, Canada, Central
India, and Aden, Arabia. He also served with distinction in the Crimea
during the war with Russia (1854-1855), in the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders,
and was present in the trenches before Sebastapol at the attack on the Redan,
8th September, 1855, and was also present at the Fall of Sebastapol on the
following day. He gallantly carried the Colours of the Regiment at the
battle of Balaclava on October 25th, 1854, when they the now historic
" Thin red Line" (the bravest of the brave) — received the charge of the
Russian Cavalry in Line, and came off victors.

Thus, after a very arduous and active military career, Colonel Menzies
Clayhills is deservedly entitled to lead the life of a typical country gentleman,
and to find well-earned repose and pleasure in those rural sights and sounds
which, as Cowper phrases it, "exhilarate the spirits and restore the tone of
languid nature." The gallant Colonel, it may be here mentioned, resides on
his own beautiful Estate, Bourne Grange, near Tonbridge, Kent, and is much
esteemed in the neighbourhood. Incidentally, too, it may be stated that he is
brother to the present head of the family of Clayhills, of Invergowrie, For-

CoL J. Menzies Clayhills was born at Gainford, Co. Durham, and
educated at the Royal Academy, Gosport, Hants; and married Eugenia, the


daughter of Vice-Admiral George Edward Watts, C.B., late of Newbus
Grange, Co. Durham.

In politics the gallant Colonel is a strong Unionist, but previous to
Mr. Gladstone's introduction of Home Rule he was an active Liberal. Party
Government, we suppose, there must be; and it almost seems to be a law of
nature that the great Unionist and Conservative camp should draw no in-
considerable portion of its numerical strength from officers who, having served
their country, like Colonel Menzies Clayhills, in various parts of the world,
have settled down in the land Which made a home for their ancestors.

Captain Godfrey Atmylaoe. ■/)./... ,/./-.

Captain Godfrey Armytage, D.L., J. P.

(HANDSOME Government pension has, in many cases, a sur-
prisingly potent effect in lengthening the limit of human life,
and Captain Godfrey Armytage, one of the Grand Old Men
of the West Riding, may be taken as a pertinent instance.
He, for one, has, at any rate, acquired the art of growing old gracefully.
Although an octogenarian, he still carries his years with a good deal of
youthful vigour and buoyancy.

Captain, Armytage, who resides at Carr Lodge, Horbnry, near Wake-
field, is a brother of Sir George Armytage, the fifth Baronet, and uncle of the
present Baronet. He served in the Kaffir Wars in 18-TG-7 and 1850-3.. At
the close of the Kaffir War in 18-48 he was appointed by Sir Henry Smith, the
then Governor of the Colony, Superintendent of one of the Military villages,
viz., Woburn. which is about six miles from Alui. Having established that
village with about 90 men discharged from the 90th Light Infantry, he found
that the Kaffirs were preparing fast for a trial of strength with the British.
He warned the Governor, but as it was polite not to suppose such an event,
he decided to retire from his attempt at colonization, and rejoined his Regi-
ment, the 6th Royal Warwickshires. It was not long before the events
he expected occurred, for on the 24th of December, 1850, the war broke
out without warning to the settlers, and Captain Armytage was engaged with
his Regiment at the Bomah Pass in the Annatola Mountains.


The next day, Christmas Day, the whole of the Military settler's were
killed. A memorial to their memory was put up at Alui only last year by the
Regiment (the 90th), to which they had belonged. Captain Armytage was
wounded severely a year later, and eventually returned from the Gth Regi-
ment, when he was made Adjutant of the Gth West Yorkshire Militia on its
first formation, where he served eleven years, and raised over 3,880 men from
Militia to Line reserves. On October, 1863, he was elected Governor of
Wakefield Prison.

■No one was more familiar with the system of raising the Militia than
Captain Armytage. Raising a Militia Regiment in that day meant the
organising of the Regiment from a single unit, including the clothing and
arming of the Corps. The Adjutant in those days was also Quarter-Master
and Paymaster, and Musketry Instructor.

On retirement from the office of Governor of Wakefield Prison, Captain
Armytage was made a Justice of the Peace for the West Riding of Yorkshire
in 1882 ; and he has also been a Deputy Lieutenant of the West Riding of
Yorkshire since 1854.

He was appointed Governor of H.M. Prison, Wakefield, in 1864, a position
which he held with distinct credit until the end of the year 1881. His father's
long connection with the Prison as a Visiting Magistrate afforded Captain
Armytage an excellent opportunity of familiarising himself with the onerous
duties connected with the position of Governor. His reign was, in many ways,
a singularly beneficent and reformatory one. Making a special study of the
welfare of the prisoners, he devised sundry methods of ameliorating then-
condition which former generations had never dreamt of. New quarters
were provided, for instance, for emergency cases, the dietary table was
thoroughly overhauled, and the stringent system of silence was considerably
modified. The cells underwent a process of regular inspection, and the art
of photography was utilised in tracing the antecedents of the prisoners. The
staff was reorganised, and the prison rules were altogether recast. In the
year 18G6, a sum of £2,000 was granted for structural alterations; aerated


bread was introduced, and a daily service by a Roman Catholic Priest was
sanctioned by the Visiting Justices.

In 18G9, the Bishop of Ripon (Dr Bickersteth), preached at the Prison,
and, on the following day, the Committee voted £50 towards the provision
of a Female Industrial Home, and an Industrial Home for Discharged Female
Prisoners, in the work of which Captain Armytage has evinced the keenest
interest up to the present time. Mrs. Armytage was appointed Honorary
Lady Superintendent for life. Since his resignation, in 1881, Captain Army-
tage has, in various ways, loyally supported his wife in the management of
this establishment, which, governed by a Committee of Magistrates and
others, has done an immense amount of really good work, having been the
means of rescuing hundreds of women who, without it, might have drifted
into lifelong careers of criminality.

At the Social Science Congress, held in 1873, Captain Armytage con-
tributed a valuable paper on "Labour in Prisons." In this he ably discussed
the question from various points of view, and, in conclusion, considered the
position which industrial labour should occupy. "Let it be fully recognised
by the law," he said, "and all impediments to its development removed; let
prisoner's themselves see they have a direct interest in the work ; and in place
of speaking of it with bated breath, let prison authorities clearly see that,
consistent with strict discipline and the rigid enforcement of hard labour,
the more remunerative prisoners' labour can be made, the more faithfully do
they perform their duty. Then we may hope to see some approach to the
solution of the question, 'Can prisoners' work be made self-supporting?'"

No less than 48,500 commitments went through his hands, besides about
4,000 prisoners from London and 3,000 Military prisoners. Captain Armytage
was also Governor of the Convict Department from 1864 to 1878, from which

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