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Watson, of South Hill, Liverpool.

Bishop and Vicar Apostolic of the Eastern Prov.
of the Cape of Good Hope, of St. Augustine's
Church, Port Elizabeth, and Bishop's House,
Beaufort St., Grahamstown ; is the son of
Arthur MacSherry, of Loughgilly, county Ar-
magh, Ireland. He was born at Loughgilly
Feb. 1, 1852, and was educated at the Diocesan
Seminary, Armagh, and at Paris, and took the
degree of D.D. He was ordained Feb. 7, 1875,
and for 21 years laboured in various parishes of
his native diocese. In 1893 he was appointed
Administrator of Dundalk ; was nominated by
Pope Leo XIII. Titular Bishop of Justinian-
opolis, and was consecrated by His Eminence
Cardinal Logue on Aug. 2, 1896. Since then he
has been actively engaged in the administration
and development of the different missions con-
fided to his spiritual care. In 1 896 he was elected
as coadjutor to the Right Rev. Dr. St. Strobino.
About 1897 he proceeded to S.A., where those
qualities which have endeared him so generally
in Ireland quickly made themselves felt in his
new sphere of labour. His courtesy, his strength
of resolve, and breadth of view, and his con-
tagious zeal for work all have stamped him as
eminently fitted to fill with honour to himself and
the cause of religion the responsible office he was
appointed to occupy by the Holy See. He was
mentioned in his last dispatch (June 21, 1902)
by Lord Kitchener for services to the Army
Chaplain's Dept. in S.A.

Cleveland Square, London, W., was born in
1855, and was educated at Cheltenham and

Oxford Univ. He was called to the Bar
of the Inner Temple in 1883, and represented
N. Donegal in the House of Commons from 1 890
to 1892, when he was elected for West Clare.
His Parliamentary career closed in 1895, and
some years later, at the instigation of Mr. Rhodes,
he undertook, in company with Messrs. C. D.
Rudd and F. R. Thompson (q.v.), a mission to
Lobengula, and obtained from that chief the
concession ceding the mineral rights over the
whole of his territories. This concession was
ultimately taken over by the Chartered Co., of
which Mr. Maguire became a Director. He is
also on the directorate of the Consolidated Gold-
fields of South Africa, and the Exploration Co.
He married a dau. of Lord Peel.

(Malmsbury), of Schoongezicht Kloof St., Cape
Town, is the son of Daniel G. Malan, of Leeuwen-
jacht, Paarl, and is descended from French
Huguenot stock, Jacques Malan, his direct an-
cestor having landed in S.A. in 1689. Born
Mar. 12, 1871, in the district of the Paarl, he was
educated at Paarl ; Victoria Coll., Stellenbosch ;
and Camb., graduating B. A. (Science) Cape Univ. ;
also LL.B. Camb. Admitted as an Advocate
of the Supreme Court, C.C., Aug., 1895. Ap-
pointed editor, Nov. 15, 1895, of " Ons Land,"
one of the leading Dutch newspapers in C.C.
Elected unopposed M.L.A. for Malmesbury in
succession to the Hon. W. P. Schreiner, Sept.,
1900 ; re-elected Feb., 1904 ; was convicted for
publishing defamatory libel on Gen. French,
April 19, 1901, and sentenced to twelve months'
imprisonment without hard labour. He is one
of the most prominent politicians of the S.A.
party, and commands a very large following
among the Dutch. Married to Miss Johanna
Brummer, Sept. 21, 1897.

lows, Hex River, C.C., and of the Civil Service
Club, Cape Town, was born at Wimbledon, Sur-
rey, in 1867 ; was educated at Univ. Coll. Sch.,
Lond., and Hertford Coll., Oxon. ; was sub-
agent on Lord Sudeley's fruit farms in 1889-90 ;
County Council Lecturer on Fruit Growing,
1891-2; went to S.A. in 1892, and assisted in
starting the first large fruit farm in C.C., and in
inaxtgurating the fruit export trade to Eng. He
is now Managing Director of the Cape Orchard
Co., of Hex River ; Mem. of Western Prov. Hor-
ticultural Board, the Royal Agricultural Soc. of
Eng., the Royal Horticultural Soc. of Eng.,
and the Royal Colonial Inst. During the late S.A.



War he served as an officer of the Hex River
D.M.T., and as Colonial Mem. of the Protected
Horses Board, W. Dist. He married, in 1896,
Beatrice Mary, dau. of H. W. Struben, of
Cape Town, and Pretoria.

of Spofforth Hall, Yorks., and of the Khedivial
Club, Alexandria ; is grandson of the 19th Lord
Hourton and son of Geo. Manley, of Spofforth
Hall, Yorks., where he was born in 1872. He
was educated at Ampleforth Coll., near York, and
acts as Reuter's and Lloyds' Agent at Alexandria.

of the Naval and Military Club, was born July
19, 1863, in England, and was educated at Cam-
bridge, and the Royal Military Coll., Sandhurst.
Gen. Manning entered the Army in Aug. of 1886,
and served in the Burmese War of 1887-89, and
in the Miranzai and Hazara Expeditions of 1891.
He proceeded to Central Africa in 1893 and was
promoted Brevet-Major and then Brevet- Lieut. -
Col. for the eminent services he rendered in
Central Africa and Northern Rhodesia. He
was made Deputy Commissioner and Comdt.
of the troops in Central Africa, 1897-1901, and
acted as Commissioner and Consul-Gen, from
Dec. 1897 to Dec. 1898, and from July 1900, to
April 1901. Gen. Manning was appointed
Inspector-Gen, of the King's African Rifles, Oct.
1901, and it was undoubtedly owing to the great
services he rendered in Central Africa that he
soon after was given the command of the Somali-
land Field Force, which post he filled from Nov.
1902 to July 1903. He had many difficulties
to contend with, owing chiefly to want of trans-
port and water. In spite of a serious reverse his
subordinate, Col. Plunkett, sustained, his ser-
vices were retained after Gen. Egerton was ap-
pointed to the supreme command. Since then
he has been doing good work, and has greatly
added to his already high reputation in military
circles. General Manning is unmarried.

MARAIS, EUGENE, was formerly editor of the
Dutch paper " Land en Volk," in which he con-
sistently and patriotically raised his voice in
support of a pure and enlightened Govt.,
and spared no one in the exposure of abuses,
notably in the Dynamite case, when he accused
Mr. J. M. A. Wolmarans of accepting a bribe of
Is. per case (estimated at that time to amount to
nearly 10,000 per an.) on dynamite as a con-
sideration for his support in the Executive

Council of which he was a member. This charge
was not denied. Then there was the case of his
successfully sustaining his alleged libel that Mr.
Kriiger had defrauded the State by charging
heavy travelling expenses for a certain trip on
which he was actually the guest of the Cape
Colonial Govt. Subsequently (in 1893-4) his
exposure of thefts of Govt. stores by Landdrost
Kock, a satellite of the Kriiger regime, at last
forced a private investigation, though the case
was not allowed to be brought before the courts
of the country. At the time of the Raid, when
matters had assumed their most threatening
appearance, Mr. Marais and Mr. Malan hastened
to Johannesburg fully authorized by the Execu-
tive to confer with the Reform Committee and if
possible to avert a conflict. These gentlemen
were successful in so far as they persuaded the
Committee to appoint representatives to treat
with a commission in Pretoria having for its
object the removal of some of the chief grievances
of the Uitlanders.

member of the Cape Legislative Assembly for the
electoral division of Stellenbosch, for which he
was re-elected in Feb., 1904, in the Bond in-

wood Hall, Mansfield, was born in 1867, and has
represented Mansfield in the Liberal interest
since 1900. He is chiefly notorious for his
antagonism to Rand capitalists, and for having
in the course of a speech in the House of Com-
mons made charges against Messrs. Wernher,
Beit & Co. of criminal misconduct with reference
to their financial operations, and declaring that
they were nothing more nor less than swindlers.
Mr. Markham repeated thess statements outside
the privileged precincts of the House, whereupon
Messrs. Wernher, Beit & Co. instituted libel pro-
ceedings. Mr. Markham, however, unreservedly
withdrew and apologized for the charges, which
he admitted were without foundation. He
married, in 1898, a dau. of Capt. Cunningham.

Curzon St., Mayfair ; the Rectory Farm, Streat-
ley, Berks, and of the Junior Naval and Military
and Imperial Service Clubs, is the youngest son
of the Rev. Professor D. W. Marks. He was
born Dec. 11, 1864, and was educated at Univ.
Coll. Sch. Capt. Marks saw much active service
in S.A. in 1880, 1881, and 1884, and was largely
instrumental in the formation of a company of



Imperial Yeomanry (14th Battn.), which did
exceedingly well throughout the recent Anglo-
Boer War, in connection with which he was deco-
rated with the D.S.O. He married, Feb. 1, 1887,
Carrie, eldest dau. of A. Hoffnung, late Charge
d' Affaires at the Court of St. James.

Callis Court, St. Peter's, Kent ; 6, Cavendish
Sq., W. ; and of the Carlton, Automobile, and
Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Clubs, was born in
London, April, 1855 ; is son of the Rev. Prof.
Marks, of Univ. Coll., and was educated at that
coll. and at the Athenee Royal of Brussels. Mr.
Marks is the founder and editor of the great City
daily paper, " The Financial News " ; is Chair-
man of the Argus Printing Co., and Chm. of the
Royal Orthopaedic Hospital. He represented
East Marylebone on the London County Council,
1889-92, and St. George's-in-the-East, 1895-8.
He contested North-East Bethnal Green in the
Conservative interest in 1892, and represented
St. George's Div. of the Tower Hamlets in Par-
liament from 1895 to 1900. He is J.P. for the
county of Kent, and commands the 1st C.B. the
Buffs (East Kent Regt.). He married, in 1884,
Annie Estella, dau. of William Benjamin, of

MARKS, SAMUEL, of Zwartkoppies, near
Pretoria, Transvaal, and of Threadneedle House,
Bishopsgate Street Within, E.G., is one of the
chief partners of the firm of Lewis & Maries, of
London and Pretoria. From very modest
beginnings Mr. Marks established a big position
in the Kimberley diamond fields, which, how-
ever, he left in 1881 for the Transvaal Republic.
From the first he was persona grata with Mr.
Kriiger, and it was no doubt partly owing to
his influence with the ex-President, added to
his natural endowments, that he was enabled
to assist in building up so rapidly the immense
interests which the firm now has in S.A.
Concessions for the exclusive manufacture of
spirituous liquors, preserves, etc., were acquired,
and kept up more as a hobby than as a source
of profit ; coal properties were developed on a
large scale, agriculture was encouraged, and
of course mining interests in gold and diamonds,
and the possession of real estate swelled the list
of the firm's main enterprises. Mr. Marks him-
self is on the Boards of the Schuller Diamond
Mines, Vereeniging Estates, Transvaal Consoli-
dated Coal Mines, Great Eastern Collieries,
East Rand Mining Estates, Geduld Proprietary
Mines, Modderfontein Proprietary Mines, and

the Grootvlei Prospecting Synd. He is credited
with being the shrewdest judge of character in

MARSHALL, FRANCIS, of 2, Chesham Place,
W., was formerly in the Russian trade at St.
Petersburg, where he lived for fourteen years, and
is now a director of several leading S.A. Cos.,
including the Estate, Finance and Mines, the
Elandsfontein Deep and the Eurafrican Cos. He
is quite a well-known golfer, and married a sister
of the present Lord Basing.

the Egyptian Native Courts of First Instance ;
of El Kom, Bulkeley, Ramleh, Alexandria ; is
the eldest son of the late William Marshall,
Solicitor, of Durham and West Hartlepool, and
grandson of the late John Edwin Marshall, of
Durham, Solicitor and Registrar of the Sunder-
land County Court. He was born Mar. 3, 1864,
near West Hartlepool, and was educated at the
Durham Sch. Judge Marshall was articled in
Jan. 1881, to Mr. Thomas Cousins, J.P., Solicitor,
of Portsmouth, and passed the solicitors' final
examination in July, 1886. He became a mem-
ber of the Middle Temple on Oct. 26, 1886, and
was called to the Bar on Nov. 18, 1889. He
went to Egypt in Nov. 1890, and was in practice
before the British Consular Courts and the In-
ternational Tribunals for seven years, and in
Dec. 1897, was appointed a Judge in the
Egyptian Native Courts of First Instance. At
the time of the appointment he was a member of
the Bar Council of the International Tribunals,
and also occupied the position of Treasurer to
that body. He was Senior Legal Adviser to the
British Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, a cor-
respondent of the London Chamber of Commerce,
and was closely identified with the formation of
the jurisprudence relating to the protection of
Trade Marks and Patents in Egypt. He was
appointed in June, 1903, by the Minister of Public
Instruction, Examiner in the Law relating to
Civil and Commercial Procedure at the School
of Law in Cairo. He married, Jan., 1888, the
dau. of the late Wm. Best.

wayo, and the Bulawayo and Salisbury Clubs,
was born at Tiverton, Devon, May 16, 1865.
He is son of Charles Marshall-Hole, of Tiverton,
and grandson of the late Dr. Medhurst, pioneer
missionary in China. He was educated at
Blundell's Sch., and Balliol Coll., Oxon., where
he graduated B.A., and took Honours in Final



Sch. of Law in 1887. He joined the service of
the B.S.A. Co. in April, 1890 ; was transferred
to Mashonaland in 1891, and has served in
various civil capacities in S. Rhodesia from that
time. During the Matabele Rebellion of 1896
he served as Lieut, in the Rhodesia Horse (medal),
and he also served as Capt. in the S. Rhodesia
Volunteers during the late S.A. War (medal and
clasp). In 1901 he was sent on a special mission
to Arabia to report on and organize Arab labour
for Rhodesian mines. He now occupies the
position of Civil Commissioner, Bulawayo, and
Government Representative in Matabeleland,
and in 1903 was temporarily appointed Acting-
Administrator of N.W. Rhodesia in the absence
of Mr. R. T. Coryndon. He married, in 1890,
Ethel, dau. of the late P. Rickman, of Poole,

RICHARD CHESTER, of Salisbury, Rhodesia, and
the Army and Navy Club ; was born at Ciren-
cester, Aug. 29, 1870 ; is eldest son of Col. T. W.
Chester Master, of the Abbey, Cirencester, and
of Knole Park, Almondsbury, Glos., and was
educated at Harrow, and Christ Church, Oxon.
He served as Lieut, in the 4th Gloucester Militia
from 1890 to 1893, when he was gazetted to the
King's Royal Rifles. He was A.D.C. to H.E.
the High Commissioner for S.A. (then Sir
Alfred Milner) from 1898 to 1900, and served in
the S.A. War in 1899 and 1900 as Capt. in Rim-
ington's Corps of Guides, afterwards (in 1901)
raising and commanding the Western Province
Mounted Rifles for the Cape Colonial Defence
Force. Capt. Chester Master was mentioned in
despatches, received a brevet majority and medal
with six clasps. He received his present ap-
pointment as Commandant-Gen, of the Police
Forces of S. Rhodesia with local rank of Lieut. -
Col. in Sept., 1901. Col. Chester Master is fond
of all field sports, and was Master of the Cape
Hunt Club Foxhounds from 1897 to 1901. He
married, Aug., 1901, Geraldine, eldest dau. of
John Hungerford Arkwright, Lord-Lieut, of
Herefordshire, of Hampton Court, Herefordshire.

6, Queen's Gate Terrace, S.W., and of the
Thatched House, Royal Societies, Colonial,
Caledonian, and Imperial Colonies Clubs, is the
second son of the late David Mathers, newspaper
proprietor, of Edinburgh. He was born at
Edinburgh on Aug. 19, 1850, and was educated
at the High Sch., Edinburgh, and Edinburgh
Institution. Mr. Mathers followed the pro-

fession of an English journalist until 1878,
when he migrated to S.A., where he commenced
work on a paper in Durban, and at the same
time acted as representative of a London daily
paper and also of " The Scotsman." He was
there at the time of the Zulu campaign and re-
mained in S.A. for ten years. To him is largely
due the publicity which has so greatly contri-
buted to the enormous development of the S.A.
Fields. It was in 1883 and 1884 that the news
of the discoveries of gold in the De Kaap District
roused enormous interest throughout S.A.
With a small party of explorers he found his
way through an unknown and unhealthy region
to the new Gold Fields, proceeding by steamer
to Lourenco Marques, whence they plunged into
the interior and began their perilous journey.
The difficulties of the task were vividly described
in his letters to the " Natal Mercury," for which
he was acting as Special Commissioner. Many
of the party died upon the way, but Mr. Mathers
retained his good health despite the trials of the
journey and the privations it was necessary to
undergo. Arrived at the gold fields, Mr. Mathers
pursued his busy career in connection with mining
and financial journalism, spreading the Itnow-
ledge of the early discoveries. His letters
naturally attracted a large amount of attention,
and were subsequently collected and published
under the title of a " Trip to Moodie's " in 1884.
The rush to the Barber ton District continued
until 1887. Then, when the Rand began to claim
attention, Mr. Mathers revisited De Kaap and
the Rand and wrote a further series of letters
which have been published in an interesting
volume entitled " Goldfields Revisited, 1887."
In the following year he left for London. He had
come to the conclusion that the Transvaal was
going to be a great mining centre, and that as
its capital for the development of the mines must
come from England, it was necessary to bring
London into closer touch with S.A. His chief
intention was to organize a newspaper in London
in the interests of S.A.,and returning to England
he started the journal known as " South Africa."
He has been more than a journalist, however,
he has travelled and explored a good deal in
S.A., and has shown in a remarkable way the
possession of the faculty of foresight. His paper
has been very successful ; he has written
" Golden South Africa " and " Zambesia " ; he
founded the South African Dinner, which has
proved a useful and popular annual function in
London. Mr. Mathers is thoroughly imperialistic,
and having a hearty distrust of Boer methods,
he foretold long before the war against Kriiger



the inevitableness of a final and desperate con-
flict with the Boers. Since the starting of his
paper he has paid many visits to S.A., and was
there at the outbreak of hostilities, having a
narrow escape of being locked up in Ladysmith.
He has a fine S.A. Library, and at his
residence he has some fine pictures of S.A.
Among his curiosities is the skull of a hippo-
potamus which was shot by him on the Pungwe
River, and a battle-axe given to him by Um
bandine, the Swazie king. He is a Director of
the Swazieland Corporation, and in addition to
the books already mentioned, he has published
" South Africa, arid How to Reach it " (1889), and
" The Story of ' South Africa ' Newspaper and
its Founder " (1903). He married, Aug. 6, 1885,
Mary Augusta, eldest dau. of R. H. Powys, of
North Dene, Natal.

bryn, Lower Road, Harrow-on-the-Hill, and of
the Savage Club, was born at Soham, Cambs. He
is the eldest son of the late Rev. D. L. Matheson,
of Wolverhampton, and great-grandson of the
late Rev. D. Greville Ewing, of Glasgow ; and
was educated at Tettenhall Coll., Staffordshire,
and privately. He has been on the staff of
Donald Currie & Co., managers of the Union-
Castle Line, since 1883 ; has been Hon. Secy, of
the Anglo-African Writers' Club since its incep-
tion in 1895 ; Joint Editor of " The Hampstead
Annual " since 1899, and has published " About
Holland" (1894), and (under nom de plume of
M. E. Greville) " From Veld and Street ; Rhymes
more or less South African " (1899), and numerous
articles and verses in various newspapers, etc.
His recreations are golf, gardening and novel
reading. He married, in 1887, Emily Elizabeth,
dau. of the late Thomas Pugh, of Pen-y-lan,

MATHIAS, CAPT., ., D.S.O., of Krugers-
dorp, went up to the Rand in the early days,
where he has been associated with the Robinson,
Crown Reef and other mines. He distinguished
himself as a Squadron Commander of the Im-
perial Light Horse in the attack on Waggon Hill,
Jan. 6, 1900. In 1902 he was appointed Asst.-
Commissioner of Police for the West Rand.

of Johannesburg, and of the Civil Service (C.T.),
Gold Fields (Johannesburg), and Junior Conser-
vative (Lond.) Clubs, was born in 1841 at York,
Eng., where he was educated privately, and
studied medicine there and at Glasgow. Late

in 1864 he sailed to Durban in medical charge of
an emigrant ship, and obtained an appointment
in the Natal Govt. Med. Service and a lucrative
private practice. In 1871, however, he took a
trip to India, and returning to England, gradu-
ated M.D. at Aberdeen. Dr. Matthews shortly
returned to Natal, but was attracted by the new
El Dorado and practised his profession at Kim-
berley. When the Cape Legislative Council
was constituted he was returned as senior mem-
ber, becoming Vice-Pres. of the Council. With
annexation, Kimberley became an Electoral
Division of the C.C., and hi 1881 the doctor
entered the Cape Assembly, resigning after the
special session of 1883. Recovering from a
serious accident, he toured the Transvaal ; took
another trip home ; engaged in a visit to America,
and went up to the Rand in 1889. He became
member of the Johannesburg Sanitary Board in
1 892, and took an important part in public and
social life.

Dr. Matthews published in America in 1887
"Incwadi Yami " (My Book) or "Twenty
Years' Personal Experience in South Africa."
He has lectured considerably before Rand gather-
ings, and addressed big audiences at the Chicago
Exhibition in 1893 on S.A. affairs. He is an
enthusiastic collector of curios, objects of vertu,
coins, medals, etc., and was awarded a bronze
medal by the Kimberley South African and In-
ternational Exhibition of 1892. He married, in
1867, Lucy Virginia, fifth dau. of Dr. Lindley, an
American pioneer missionary in S.A. who gave
his name to a town in the O.R.C.

J.P., F.R.G.S., of Johannesburg ; son of Stephen
Mavrogordato and Lanny nie, Sarell ; was born
at Constantinople in 1861, and was educated in
Berlin. He joined the Cyprus service in Jan.,
1881 ; Asst.-Inspector of Cyprus Military Police,
1883 ; Inspector of same, 1884 ; had charge of
Special Police Force, 1895 ; became Local Com-
mandant, Asst. -Commissioner, Governor of
Prison and Deputy Coroner June 7, 1895 ; Act-
ing Commissioner, Papho, 1897 ; Acting Com-
missioner, Limassol, 1900 ; transferred to Trans-
vaal service Nov. 4, 1901, becoming Asst. -Com-
missioner of Police and J.P., Johannesburg. He
married, in 1886, Ethel Constance, eldest dau.
of the late Rev. Joseph Kenworthy, Rector of
Ashworth, Yorks.

master-Gen, of Pietermaritzburg, Natal, and of
the Victoria Club, Maritzburg, is the son of



the late Charles Hibberd, of Ventnor, I.W., and
grandson of the late William Hibberd, of Har-
bridge, Hants ; was born at Bryantspuddle,
Dorsetshire, and entered the Electric & Inter-
national Telegraph Co. in 1867 ; stationed at
Ventnor. I.W., he had the advantage of serving
under Mr. W. H. Preece (now Sir W. H. Preece)
until 1870. Then, when the British Govt. took
over the telegraphs, he was engaged in giving
instruction in telegraphy at various post-offices
in England, and during the Franco-German War
acted as private telegraphist to the late Lord
Granville, then Foreign Minister, at Walmer
Castle, Deal. At the close of the war Mr. Max-
well-Hibberd was attached to the Engineering
Dept. of the Central Telegraph Office, G.P.CK,
London, as a Junior Engineering Inspector,
where he remained until Jan. 1, 1885, when he
was appointed a Second Class Asst. -Surveyor

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