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Pres. of the Geological Soc. of S.A. ; on the
Council of the Soc. of Accountants and Auditors
of Eng. (Transvaal branch) ; Fellow of the
Chartered Inst. of Secretaries (Eng.) ; Member
of the Council of the Witwatersrand Agricultural
Soc. ; Mem. of the Johannesburg Chamber of
Commerce, and Mem. of the Transvaal Chamber
of Mines. His recreations are racing and bridge.

HUGH, D.S.O., R.A.M.C., 3rd class Medjidieh,
4th class Osmanieh ; of the War Office, Cairo,
Egypt, and the Junior United Service Club, is
the eldest son of the late Major-Gen. John Pen-
ton. He was born April 25, 1863, in Norfolk,
and was educated at Norwich. Major Penton
is M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. Lond. He joined the
R.A.M.C. as Capt. in 1887, and saw service in the
Dongola Expedition in 1896 (despatches, medal,
two clasps and D.S.O.), in the Nile Expedition as
S.M.O. of the Infantry Division of the Egyptian
Army (despatches, medal, two clasps, Order of
the Osmanieh), and in the Nile Expedition of
the following year he served as P.M.O. of the
Egyptian Army in the first advance against the
Khalifa (clasp and Egyptian medal and 3rd
class Medjidieh).

of 68, Buckingham Gate, London, S.W. is
the son of a Lutheran clergyman in Hanover.
He was bom at Neuhaus, Hanover, in 1856, and
was educated at the High Sch. of Ifeld (Hartz
Mountains), and at the Univ. of Gottingen,
Tubingen, Berlin, and in London. He is well
known as an African explorer and adminis-
trator, and is the founder of the German Coloniza-
tion Socy. In 1884 he acquired in S.A. large
tracts of land, and obtained for them an Im-
perial Protectorate from the German Govt.
As head of the German East Africa Co., he ex-
tended its possessions and organized its stations,
and was instrumental in bringing about a Colonial
Congress in Berlin in 1886. In 1887 he returned
to E. Africa and fought his way through Manica-
land with reckless bloodshed and tried to place
Uganda under German protection. He became
Imperial German High Commissioner in the
Kilimanjaro district, but had to resign his com-



mission in the German service after an inquiry
into his treatment of the natives in German E.
Africa, which resulted in a verdict of " misuse of
official power." He commanded the German
Emin Pacha Relief expedition in 1889-90, and
later, in 1899-1901, he embarked on a journey
through Portuguese territory south of the Zam-
besi and along the eastern border of Charterland,
spending much time in the Makalango country,
on behalf of a gold syndicate which he had
formed in England. The results of his trip were
published in a book called " The Eldorado of
the Ancients," much of which is devoted to show-
ing that the region between the Lower Zambesi
and the Limpopo was the Land of Ophir, and even
the Egyptian " Punt." He further maintains
that Pharaoh kept a Governor in this district, of
which Quilimane was at that time the port.
Dr. Peters has travelled on foot or horseback
about 20,000 miles in the interior of Africa.
His hunting trophies include 5 lion skins, 17
rhino' horns, 7 double elephant tusks, and 4
leopard skins. He has been decorated with the
Order of the Prussian Crown, Albrecht Order
(King of Saxony), Order of the Falcon (Grand
Duke of Saxony), Order of the Lion of the Zah-
ringens (Baden), etc. In addition to " The
Eldorado of the Ancients," he is the author of
several works, including " New Light on Dark
Africa," "King Solomon's Golden Ophir," "Sun
and Soul," etc., etc. Unmarried.

PHILLIPS, LIONEL, D.L., J.P., of 33, Gros-
venor Square, London, and of Tylney Hall,
Winchfield, Eng., was born in London in Aug.
1854. He was on the diamond fields of Kimber-
ley in the early days, but in 1889 he coached up
to the Rand, and joined the firm of H. Eckstein
& Co., of which he became the chief after the
death of Hermann Eckstein. As a mining engi-
neer he had a very considerable experience, but
it required all his knowledge, resolution and
energy to combat the difficulties of the early
days of the Witwatersrand not only the eco-
nomic difficulties which had to be solved, but
also the obstacles which a reactionary govt.
placed in the way of progress. These latter
bore especially hard on the mining industry,
and in those days every captain of industry in
the S.A.R. was forced in self-defence to take an
active part in local politics. As Pres. of the
Johannesburg Chamber of Mines and chief
partner in the premier firm of the Rand, Mr.
Lionel Phillips exercised the greatest influence
in matters mineral and political. The long and
bitter fight against Mr. Kriiger's govt. found an

ardent champion in Mr. Phillips. He was one
of the four leaders of the Reform movement,
and after the failure of the ill-starred raiding
enterprise, he was tried with Col. Frank Rhodes,
J. Hays Hammond, and Sir Geo. Farrar (q.v.),
and was condemned to death a sentence which
was afterwards communted to a fine of 25,000
and banishment, in default of an undertaking
not to eddle in the politics of the State for
15 years, (See also Dr. Coster and Judge
Gregorowsky). On returning to England Mr.
Phillips became a partner in the firm of Wernher,
Beit & Co., in connection with which he takes a
highly prominent place in financial circles,
although so far as directorships go he sits only
on the London Committees of the Angelo Deep,
Cason G.M., Main Reef Deep, and Main Reef
East Companies, and on the European Com-
mittee of the East Rand Proprietary Mines.
Mr. Phillips is an able speaker, and whether in
his pxiblic utterances or with his pen, always
expresses himself in adequate and convincing
phrases. He takes a more than ordinary in-
terest in Egyptology ; is J.P. for Hampshire ;
a D.L., and a member of the Committee on Com-
mercial Education in connection with the Lon-
don Chamber of Commerce.

When in the Transvaal Mr. and Mrs. Lionel
Phillips were at the head of the Uitlander com-
munity. In England they entertain considerably
and make capital hosts. Mrs. Phillips, after
the Raid, published an interesting history of
that period.

tholomew House, London, E.G., is a cadet of
one of the best families of S. Carolina. He was
for some time engaged in mining in California,
Texas, and other States. Subsequently he
went to the De Kaap, where he went through
rough times. In 1887, however, he left there
for the Witwatersrand, and managed to ac-
cumulate a comfortable fortune. Since his
marriage Mr. Poisson has resided mainly in
England. He is Chairman of the Consolidated
Goldfields of Mexico and the Rand Investment
Corporation, besides being on the Boards of
the Belfast G.M. Co., the Copiapo Gold Mines,
Felton's Copala Mines, Mexican (Oaxaca) Synd.,
and the Vista Allegre G.M. Estate.

POTT, WILLIAM, of the Rand, New, and Pre-
toria Clubs, belongs to an old Border family,
about which Tancred quotes in his " Annals,"
an old document, dated 1521, referring to the
" Potts, Rutherfords, Dalglishes, and Robsons,



who, with their followers, made a raid into Eng-
land with two sleuthhounds and carried off a
number of sheep and about 100 head of cattle."
He was born in Roxburghshire, educated at Edin-
burgh Acad., and went to New Zealand in
1883 to start stock farming, but not satisfied
with this, proceeded to the Transvaal in connec-
tion with the Oceana Consolidated Co. in 1889.
He took up the property management for Mr.
J. C. A. Henderson in 1890, and the general
managership of the Henderson Cos. in 1895,
having meanwhile visited Matabeleland (1894)
and been on two extended big game shoots be-
tween Leydsdorp and Komati Poort (1892-3).
He represented " South Africa " as special
correspondent in Natal with Sir G. White's force,
and was through Ladysmith in that capacity.
Mr. Pott is unmarried.

POWELL, EDMUND, of " Cambria," Harfield
Rd., Claremont, near Cape Town, and of the
City Club, C.T., was born in Worcestershire
in 1849. He is son of W. Powell, of Worces-
ter, where he was educated, and commenced
his business career. He joined the reporting
staff of the " City Press " in 1871, becoming
sub-editor of that well-known journal. Trans-
ferring to the " Cape Argus," as sub-ed. in 1880,
he became editor in the following year, combining
with that the Resident Directorship of the Argus
P. & P. Co., in 1889. During this time he has
taken part in most public movements in the
capital of the Colony, including election work
and the organization of the Progressive party.
He is on the executive of the S.A. Newspaper
Press Union. Mr. Powell married, in 1876, Ellen
Maria, dau. of Thomas Price, of Worcester.

POWRIE, F., M.L.A., sits in the Cape Legis-
lative Assembly as Progressive Member for
Wodehouse, for which electoral division he was
elected in Feb., 1904.

PRETORITJS, HON. M. J., M.L.C., is Member
of the Cape Legislative Council for the North-
East Circle, for which electoral division he \vas
re-elected in Feb., 1904. He is a member of the
S.A. party.

Tirion, The Berea, Johannesburg, and of the
Civil Service (C.T.), Rand, Pretoria, Bloem-
fontein, and East London Clubs, was born at
Merthyr Tydvil, South Wales, Feb. 20, 1848.
He is the son of the late Rees and Hannah Price,
of Carmarthenshire, and was educated at Bal-
larat, S. Australia, and Swansea. Mr. Price

was trained for the railway service, and had a
varied experience in different depts. of the
Great Western Railway until 1880, when he
became District Traffic Superintendent of the
Cape Govt. Railways at Grahamstown, and
acted as Asst. -Traffic Manager at Cape Town.
He was Asst. -Traffic Manager at Port Elizabeth
in 1881 ; Traffic Manager of the Eastern System
in 1882 ; Traffic Manager of the Northern Sys-
tem in 1 892 ; Cape Govt. Railway Agent in
the Transvaal and O.R.C. in the same year ; Chief
Traffic Manager in 1893, and Asst. General
Manager of Railways in 1901. He acted as
Sir James Sivewright's adviser on railway
matters in the negotiations with the Transvaal
in 1890 ; is Hon. Col. of the Railway and
Post Office Batt. of the Cape Peninsula Regt.,
is J.P. for the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope,
and Vice-Pres. of the Cape Cambrian Society.
He married, March 26, 1872, Miss Mary Howell,
of Neath.

PRIOR, MELTON, the famous war corres-
pondent and artist, is well-known in S.A.,
where he has represented the " Illustrated
London News " on many occasions. His ser-
vices on behalf of that paper have been retained
on the following occasions : Ashanti War, 1873 ;
the Carlist Rising, 1874; the Herzegovinian,
Servian, Turkish, Basuto, Zulu and first Boer
Wars; Egypt, 1882; the Sudan and Nile Expedi-
tion, the Burmese War, the Jameson Raid epi-
sode of 1896, the Graeco-Turkish War and the
Tuchim rising of 1897. He was besieged in
Ladysmith during the Boer War of 1899-1902,
and is now representing his paper in the Russo-
Japanese War. In addition to these services
as war artist, Mr. Prior accompanied King
Edward's (then Prince of Wales') suite to Athens
in 1875, travelled with the Danish King's expe-
dition through Iceland, accompanied the Mar-
quess and Marchioness of Lorne on then 1 first
visit to Canada, and was present at the Berlin
Conference. In 1902 he left to represent his
journal at the Coronation Durbar at Delhi.

RABIDGE, W., M.L.A., represents Vryburg
in the Cape Parliament, to which he was returned
in Feb., 1904. He supports the Progressive party.

RABIE, DIKE DE Vos, M.L.A., is Bond Mem-
ber of the Cape Legislative Assembly for Wor-
cester, for which electoral division he was re-
elected in Feb. 1904.



is member of the Cape Legislative Assembly for
Humansdorp, for which electoral division he was
re-elected in Feb., 1904, He belongs to the S.A.

worth, near Cape Town, was born in 1858 ; she is
descended from a princely Polish family, her
father, Count Adam Rzewuski having been
formerly Ambassador at Madrid, and A.D.C.
to Czar Nicholas I. Her mother was Mdlle.
Daschkoff. The Princess was a niece of Gen.
Skobeloff, and also of Mme. de Balzac, wife of
the great novelist at whose house in Paris she
spent many of her early days. She was edu-
cated in the Parisian capital, and was betrothed
at the age of fifteen to Prince W. Radziwill,
whom she married in 1873. She then resided
mostly at Berlin where she became intimately
acquainted with the Emperor William II,
the Emperor and Empress Frederick and the
present German Emperor, and moved in the
highest court and diplomatic circles in Germany
and Russia.

Taking up journalism, she started a weekly
paper in Cape Town called " Greater Britain."
In May, 1902, she was convicted in Cape Town
of forging the late Mr. Cecil Rhodes' signature
to a bill for 1,000, and was sentenced to two
years' detention in a house of correction. She
was released, however, in Aug. 1903, and in
the following Nov., obtained a writ against Mr.
Rhodes' trustees in respect of a claim against
his estate for 1,400,000 under an alleged agree-
ment dated about June 20, 1899.

Princess Radziwill has published some novels
in French, and has contributed a good deal
to the British and American press.

burg (P.O. Box 927), and of the Rand, Pretoria,
and Barberton Clubs, was born at Liverpool,
Sept. 3, 1856. He is the son of the late Mr.
Philip H. Rathbone, of Liverpool, was edu-
cated at Univ. Coll., London, the Royal
Sch. of Mines, London, and at the Sch. of
Mines at Freiberg and Liege. He is a member
of the following institutions : Institute of
Civil Engineers, Institution of Mining and
Metallurgy, S. African Association of Engineers,
Chemical, Metallurgical and Mining Society
of S.A., Geological Society of S.A., and is an
Associate Member of the Chamber of Mines,
Johannesburg, During some twenty-five years
Mr. Rathbone has been engaged in active
mining operations in S.A., Bolivia, Argentine

Republic, the Brazils, Mexico, U.S.A., British
Columbia, Klondyke, and many of the European
mining districts. From the first he showed a
firm belief in the deep-level properties of the
Rand, upon which he made many reports,
and did great service to the industry, together
with Mr. W. A. Wills, by writing a series of
articles drawing attention to the immense
potentialities of the Rand Goldfields, principally
through the medium of the " South African
Mining Journal " and the " African Review."
He is at present the sole mining correspondent
in the Transvaal of the " Times," and also acts
as correspondent of the " Financier and Bul-
lionist." For several years Mr. Rathbone
occupied the position of Chief Inspector of
Mines under the late Transvaal Govt. He
married Miss Barbara Georges in 1892.

RAUBENHEIMER, H. J., M.L.A., is the
new Bond representative of the electoral divi-
sion of George, C.C., in the Assembly, having
been first elected in Feb. 1904.

RAYNE, LEONARD, of Johannesburg, has
for some years past been a prominent figure
as actor and manager in the theatrical world
of S.A. He is lessee of the Gaiety Theatre,
Johannesburg, joint lessee of the Port Elizabeth
Opera House, besides running several theatrical
ventures in other S.A. towns.

F.R.G.S., F.R.C.I., of the London Mission,
Dombaclema ; of Bulilima, S. Rhodesia, and
the Bulawayo Club ; was born at St. Leonard's-
on-Sea, Eng., ; is son of the Rev. Andrew Reed,
B.A., and grandson of the Rev. Andrew Reed,
D.D., founder of the Earlswood, Reedham,
and Putney Asylums. He was educated at
the Univ. Coll. Sch., Lond., and Univ.
Coll., Lond. He first visited S.A. in 1887, and
travelled for five years in Cape Colony and
Natal. In 1894 he undertook mission work
in Rhodesia under the Lond. Missionary Soc.

mead, Kenilworth, Cape Town, and of the City
(C.T.) and Rand Clubs ; was born at Plymouth,
Devon, July 5, 1856 ; was educated at the
Gram. Sch., Plymouth, and was trained as
an engineer. He went to Cape Town in 1877 as
Asst. City Engineer ; was appointed City
Engineer of Grahamstown in 1879, and in
1882 started a private practice in Port Eliza-



beth. He went to the Band in 1886, practising
as an architect ; sat on the Johannesburg
Town Council for some years, and took an active
part in the foundation of scientific and technical
institutions. In 1897 he returned to Cape Town
where, in partnership with his brother, Walter
Reid, he still practises his profession. Mr. A. H.
Reid is Fellow of Royal Inst. of British Archi-
tects ; Fel. Sanitary Inst. of Great Britain ;
Chairman of Board of Examiners for Sanitary
Inst. in S.A. ; Past Pres. of S.A. Assoc. of
Engineers (Johannesburg) ; Councillor for City
of Cape Town, and F.S.A. He married, June 15,
1884, Miss Victoria Walsh.

REYERSBACH, Louis J., of Welfenheim,
Johannesburg, was born in Hanover, Germany,
in 1869. He is son of M. M. Reyersbach, and was
educated in Hanover. Mr. Reyersbach was for
some years in Kimberley and London in charge
of the diamond business of the great firm of
Wernher, Beit & Co. He joined the house of
H. Eckstein & Co., at the end of 1901, and
represents that firm on the Boards of the Rand
Mines, Ltd., the Robinson, and other of the
premier G.M. Cos. of the Rand. He was in
Kimberley during the siege, and is a member
of the Executive of the Transvaal Chamber of
Mines. Mr. Reyersbach married, in 1897, Miss
Martha Wallach, of Aix-la-Chapelle.

London, and of the Durban, Pretoria and City
(C.T.) Clubs, was born in London, Oct. 12,
1869, and was educated privately. He has been
long connected with banking interests in S.A.,
and is now Manager of the National Bank of
S.A. Ltd., London. He married, in 1895, Miss
Caldecott, of Johannesburg.

Born in 1851, is the son of the late Rev. F.
W. Rhodes, Vicar of Bishop Stortford, and elder
brother of the late Right Hon. Cecil J. Rhodes.
He was educated at Eton, and entered the
1st (Royal) Dragoons in 1873, obtaining Col.'s
rank in 1889. He took part in the Sudan cam-
paign in 1884, and was present at El Teb and
Tamai, for which he received the Egyptian
medal with clasp and the Khedive's Star. Later
Col. Rhodes served in the Nile Expedition
under Gen. Sir Herbert Stewart, who described
him as the best A.D.C. a General was
ever fortunate enough to have. He took part
in the actions of Abu Klea and El Gubat. In
1888 he was employed at Suakin, being present

at the action at Gamaizah. He was Military
Secy, to the Governor of Bombay, and acted
at Chief Staff Officer to Sir Gerald Portal's
Uganda Mission, when he suffered severely
from black-water fever. He returned home in
1893, and subsequently acted as administrator
in Rhodesia during Dr Jameson's absence in

Col. Rhodes represented the Consolidated
Goldfields of S.A. in Johannesburg, and
took a leading part in the Uitlanders' Re-
form movement of 1895-6, for which he was
condemned to suffer death by hanging. This
sentence was commuted on the same terms as
Messrs. Hays Hammond, Lionel Phillips and
Sir Geo. Farrar. On being liberated from
Pretoria gaol with a fine of 25,000, he refused
to give his undertaking not to meddle in the
politics of the State, and was put across the
border. He immediately proceeded to Mata-
beleland to take part in the suppression of the
rebellion. He attended the Delhi Durbar as the
guest of Lord Kitchener.

RICARDE-SEAVER, Major F. I., Knt. Com-
mander of the Royal Military Order of Christ,
Knight Commander of the Order of Isabella
the Catholic, Knight Officer of the Imperial
Order of the Rose ; member of the Athenaeum
Club ; was born in 1836 at Hand Park, Rush,
in the County of Dublin. He was early intended
for the law, but his inclination being in the
direction of Natural Science the idea of a legal
career was abandoned, and he applied himself
to the study of chemistry, electricity, geology,
mining and engineering. At the age of twenty
he proceeded with the late Prof. Forbes,
F.R.S., to the Andes and adjacent territories
in S. America, for the purpose of studying
the geological conditions, and to ascertain, if
possible, the probable mineral wealth of the
country. At the conclusion of the mission he
was appointed Govt. Assayer at Valparaiso, a
position which he retained for several years.
At the age of twenty-six he accepted the position
of Inspector-Gen, of Mines to the Argentine
Republic. For twelve years he laboured to open
up the country by means of railways and tele-
graphs, with such success that in 1874, 1,500
miles of rails were in regular traffic, and 3,000
more were in course of construction, while
8,000 miles of telegraph wires were available
for communication between the various parts of
the Republic. He also initiated the laying of
the Trans-Atlantic Cable via Brazil to Europe.
These twelve years of his life were how-



ever not spent entirely in peaceful pursuits,
for when war broke out with Paraguay he was
created a Major in the Argentine Army, and
served with distinction through that long and
severe campaign. During this period he made
several business visits to Europe for the purpose
of conducting important negotiations more or
less of a financial character on behalf of the
Republic. In 1871 he raised in London a loan of
6,000,000 for the Argentine Govt., the whole
of which sum was devoted to the construction
of railways, telegraphs, and other public works.
In 1874 he returned to Europe in a Consular
capacity. He then devoted himself to science
and literature for some time, publishing, amongst
other works, what is still a standard work of refer-
ence, "The Mineral and other Resources of the
Argentine Republic." He also acted as Special
Correspondent for various papers in S.A.

Maj. Ricarde-Seaver is a strong Imperialist,
and in the year 1888 he took up the subject
of S. African development. The expansion
of our Empire north and west of the Transvaal
was due in some measure to his foresight and
energy. He obtained a concession of 400 square
miles from Kliama in Bechuanaland and suc-
ceeded in obtaining the financial support of
Lord Rothschild and other capitalists, who sub-
scribed 50,000 to carry out explorations right
up to the Zambesia and beyond. In conjunc-
tion with Lord Gifford, V.C., and others he
organized an expedition to proceed to Bulawayo
and obtain from the King Lobengula the right
to prospect and work gold and other mines in
Matabeleland and Mashonaland. It was at this
period that he was brought into contact with
the great Imperialist, Cecil Rhodes, and on the
suggestion of Lord Rothschild it was arranged
that their efforts should be devoted to obtaining
from H.M. Govt. the charter to administer
that great territory known as R,hodesia. He is a
Fellow of the Royal Soc. of Edin., of the Geo-
graphical Soc. of London, of the Royal Geo-
graphical Soc., a member of the Royal Institu-
tion of Great Britain, and an Associate of the
Institute of Civil Engineers. Mr. Ricarde-
Seaver married first, in 1863, an English wife,
whom he lost in 1875, leaving an only son;
secondly, he married H.S.H. the Princess Marie
Lousie de Looz et Corswarem, nee Princess
Godoy de Bassano of Spain. The Princess died
in 1880, and in 1891 Mr. Ricarde-Seaver
married the Marquise de la Laurencie-Charras,
of Paris and Chateau de Charras.


church St., E.G., and of 2, King's Bench Walk,
Temple, E.G., and of the City Liberal Club,
Barrister-at-Law ; was formerly a chemical
manufacturer in Manchester, is now a director
of many important mining cos., including
Henderson's Transvaal Estates, and the Con-
solidated Rand-Rhodesia Trust. Mr. Richards
has always taken a keen interest in politics ;
he once unsuccessfully contested a parliamentary
constituency in the Liberal interest ; and has
sat on a Government railway commission. He
plays golf, and one of his sons was captain of
Dulwich College.

M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., of " Freshfield," Woodside
Park, London, was born at Hay wards Heath,
Sussex, Aug. 7, 1874. He is son of Wm. Tyler
Ricketts, Solicitor, of Chailey, near Lewes,
and was educated at Dulwich Coll. He was
House Physician at Univ. Coll. Hosp., and

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