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toral in 1886 ; was Commissioner of Metropoli-
tan Police from 188689 ; commanded the
troops in the Straits Settlements from 1889-96 ;
and had command of the Thames District,



1895-8. In the recent S.A. War he com-
manded the 5th Division, taking part in the
Relief of Ladysmith, 1899-1900, and. in the
latter year he once more went to Griqualand
West as Military Governor.

Sir Charles is the author of " Orientation of
Ancient Temples," " The Temple and the Tomb,"
" Underground Jerusalem," " On the Veldt in
the Seventies," and " The Ancient Cubit and
Our Weights and Measures." He married,
Sept. 1, 1864, Fanny Margaretta, dau. of Samuel
Haydon, of Millmead, Guildford.

Bloemfontein, and of the Bloemfontein Club,
was born at Brecon, S. Wales, July 18, 1871 ;
was educated at St. Andrew's Coll., Grahams-
town and at Grey Coll., Bloemfontein, where he
follows the profession of law.

WEARIN, E. M., of the Green Point and
Sea Point Swimming Clubs, C.T., holds the
500 and 200 yards South African Swimming
Championship, his times in the 1903 contests
being 7 min. 24| sec. for the former, and 2 mm.
58f sec. for the latter. He also held the champion-
ship over these two distances in 1902.

WEBB, CLEMENT DAVIES, of Johannesburg,
and the Rand Club, was born in King Williams-
Town. He is son of Frederick C. Webb, a
farmer, who settled in S.A. in 1820. He was
educated at the Diocesan Coll. Rondebosch, and
served in the native wars of 1879 and 1880.
Clem Webb, as ho is popularly called, has resided
most of his life in Queenstown, C.C., where
he was known as an athlete, gymnast and boxer.
Between the years 1880-1885 he won a number
of trophies for these sports, and was Capt. of the
Swifts Football Club (Queenstown) for two
years a club which won every match in 1885
and 1887. He was one of the original committee
of the long famous Wanderers' Sporting Club
in Johannesburg, and for two years he won
the heavy-weight amateur boxing competition,
and was never once beaten. Short sight, however,
compelled him to give up this form of sport.

Mr. Webb was sent by the Cape Govt. as one
of the representatives of the Cape Court to the
Colonial and Indian Exhibition in 1886 (held
in London). The discovery of goldfields at
Johannesburg so attracted him that he returned
to S.A., and shortly afterwards took up his
residence in Johannesburg. After the Jameson
Raid and during the imprisonment of the
Reformers, Mr. Webb and a few others formed a

secret society, which afterwards developed itself
into a branch of the S.A. League. Mr. Webb
was the first President, and became a marked
man in the Transvaal. He was arrested by the
Boers early in 1899, with the late Major Tom
Dodd, for having organized a meeting for the
purpose of presenting a petition to the British
Vice-Consul on the subject of the murder of Edgar
by a Boer policeman ; and was tried for high
treason against the S. A. R. (see Koch, Advocate).
Up to the time of the late S.A. War he took a
keen interest in political affairs ; spoke at most
of the League meetings, and proved himself a
good organizer. On the outbreak of the S.A.
War he joined the I.L.H. as Lieut, in " F,"
squad, and was amongst the besieged in Lady-
smith. He was then promoted to the command
of " B " squad, and went with the regt. to the
relief of Mafeking ; was taken ill with typhoid
and pneumonia, and afterwards detached by
Lord Roberts for special duty in Johannesburg,
where he was for some time senior officer of the
mounted battn. of the Rand Rifles. Mr. Webb
has now retired from taking any active part in
politics or public affairs. He has started a weekly
paper, called " South African Mines," which is a
resurrection of the old " South African Mining
Journal," and devotes himself entirely to the
interests of this paper and the practice of his
profession of Solicitor and Notary Public. He
married a Colonial lady in May, 1890.

M.I.M.M., M.A.I.M.E., of Johannesburg, of
the Rand and New Clubs, Johannesburg, and
of the University Club, San Francisco, was
born at 'Frisco, Cal., Aug. 15, 1853. He is son of
Christopher C. Webb, of Cal., whose ancestors
settled in America from England in 1702. He
was educated at the Univ. of California, at
the Royal Sch. of Mines, London, and at the
Royal Saxon Sch. of Mines, Vreiberg, Saxony.
He went to S.A. in 1895 as Consulting Mining
Engineer to several groups of Rhodesian Cos.
In 1896 he succeeeded John Hays Hammond
(then on trial in Pretoria) as Consulting Engi-
neer to the Cos. of the Consolidated Gold Fields.
Mr. Webb is Past Pres. of the S.A. Association
of Engineers. He married, Mch. 9 1887, Miss
Virginia Martin.

member of the Cape Legislative Assembly for
Beaufort West, for which electoral division he
was last re-elected in 1904. He is a member of
the Bond.



WEIL, SAMUEL, J.P., of 3, Kensington
Garden Terrace, Bayswater, and of the Imperial
Service Club, was born in London in 1862 ; was
educated privately, and went out to S.A. when
quite young. He settled in Bechuanaland
after the close of the Bechuanaland Expedition,
1885, joined the firm of Julius Weil, and
assisted in the opening up of the trade route to the
North by the establishment of stores and trans-
port. He was appointed J.P. in 1896. He took
part in the MatabeleWar of 1893, and organized
the transport ; carried despatches from. Inkwesi,
narrowly escaping capture by the enemy, and was
reported killed. On the outbreak of rinderpest
in 1896, which put an end to the transport
machinery upon which the entire country north
of Mafeking depended for their food supplies,
with his firm he organized mule transport service,
thereby saving the country from famine. He
took part in the Matabele Rebellion in 1896, and
organized the transport and food supplies in
the face of great difficulties ; organized the
whole of the transport service outside of Natal
in the late Boer War, 1899-1901 ; given the rank
of Major on Col. Mahon's staff, took part in
the relief of Mafeking, and was mentioned in
Lord Roberts' despatches.

WEINTHAL, LEO, F.R.G.S., of the Aspens,
Sunbury-on-Thames, and 34, Copthall Avenue,
E.G., Managing Director of " The African World
and Cape-Cairo Express," and London Cable
Correspondent of the " Rand Daily Mail,"
was born at Graaff-Reinet, C.C., in 1865.
He was educated at Hamburg, and started
business for himself in 1884 at Port Elizabeth.
Proceeding to the Transvaal in 1887, he estab-
lished a State lithographic department for the
Govt., and was for years General Manager
for Mr. J. B. Robinson's Transvaal newspapers
and representative of the interests of his group
at Pretoria. He was Reuter's agent at Pretoria
from 1888 to 1897, and acted at various times
as Special Correspondent for the " Times " and
" Daily Telegraph." During the Anglo-Boer
War Mr.Weinthal was Special War Correspondent
for Laffan's News Bureau, the " New York Sun "
and the " Chicago Record." After the British
occupation he left for Europe and spent some
time on the East Coast of Africa, in order to write
and compile a popular English handbook for the
German Line, entitled " Round Africa by the
D. O. A. Line," which had a good reception. On
his return to Europe he decided to remain in
England, and started in 1902 " The African
World," the only London weekly dealing with

contemporary developments in all parts of the
Dark Continent. He is a member of the African
Society, and an ardent amateur photographer.

WELDON, HORACE, M.L.C., of Oaklands,
Johannesburg, and of the Rand and Pretoria
Clubs, was born at Carnb., Eng., July 1, 1867, is
son of the late Rev. Geo. W. Weldon, Vicar of
Bickley, Kent. He was educated in Switzerland,
King's Coll., London, and the Royal Sch. of
Mines, London. He proceeded to the Transvaal
in 1893 ; was Manager of the Consol. Main Reef,
Van Ryn, and George Goch Mines ; he then
managed the Rietf ontein " A." and theNewRiet-
fontein Estate Cos. until his appointment as
Transvaal Govt. Mining Engineer, Apr. 12, 1901,
with a seat in the Legislative Council. He
served throughout the Natal Campaign in the
Field Force Intelligence under Col. Sandbach.
Mr. Weldon is unmarried.

trate of Johannesburg and the Witwatersrand
District ; of Charlton Terrace, Johannesburg,
and the Rand and Athenaeum Clubs (Johannes-
burg), was born Jan. 29, 1866 and was educated
at the S.A. Coll., C.T., and took the Advo-
cates' Degree (Law) with Honours in 1903
(Transvaal). He practised as Prof, of Law first
in C.C. and subsequently in Johannesburg from
1889 to the outbreak of war. On the occupation
of Johannesburg by Lord Roberts he was ap-
pointed a member of the Judicial Investigation
Committee. From July 1900 to March 1901 he
was Legal Adviser to the Military Governor of
Pretoria (Gen. Sir John Grenfell Maxwell) and
Acting Legal Adviser to the Commander-in-
Chief during part of that time, in the absence of
Mr. (now Justice) Wessels. In April 1901, upon
the abolition of Military Courts, he was appointed
the first Resident Magistrate of Johannesburg.
He was senior member of the Special Criminal
Court, which sat at Johannesburg from April
1901 to March 1903, when trial by judge and jury
was resumed. This court had plenary powers
over all offences in the S. E. portion of the Trans-
vaal. He married, in Feb. 13, 1895, and has two
children. His recreations are golf and lawn

Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court of the Trans-
vaal ; of Pretoria, and of the Pretoria, Rand, and
Civil Service Clubs ; is son of J. E. Wessels, of
Green Point, C.T. He was born at Cape Town,
Mch. 7, 1862, and was educated at the S.A. Coll. ;




at the Cape of Good Hope Univ., where he
took B.A. and was a Jamieson Scholar ; and at
Downing Coll., Camb., where he graduated B. A.,
LL.B. (Tripos and George Long Scholar). He
was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple in

1886, and returning to the Cape, practised as an
Advocate at the Cape Bar, and afterwards, in

1887, joined the Transvaal Bar. He defended
the Reform prisoners (together with Sir Richard
Solomon (q.v.) in 1896. In 1900 he became
Legal Adviser to Lord Kitchener, and he received
his present appointment in 1902. He married
Helen Mary, dau. of Benjamin Duff, I.S.O.

WHITAKER, GEORGE, M.L.A., is one of the
new members for King Williamstown in the Cape
House of Assembly, to which he was elected in
the Progressive interest in 1904.

Naval and Military Club, is the third son of Lord
Annaly, K.P. He was born June 14, 1860, at
Rabeny, co. Dublin, and was educated at Eton.
He joined the Royal Fusiliers 1881, and served
at home and in India till 1890, when he proceeded
to S.A., and was appointed to the B.S.A. Co.'s
Police with several Extra Service Officers, at the
time when Col. Ferreira and a commando of
Boers attempted to cross the Limpopo and occupy
Banjailand. From this they were dissuaded by
Dr. Jameson. From 1891 to Jan., 1892, he was
in command of the Depot and Remounts at Tuli,
Mashonaland. On the reduction of the Police
Force, he was appointed Asst. Mining Commis-
sioner and then Min ing Commissioner at Hartley
Hill. He also served as Resident Magistrate and
Chief Commissioner of Police, retaining the latter
appointment from Nov. 1892 to Sept. 1895.
He re-organized the police from their former
military position into a civil body. Capt. White
took part in the expedition to Matabeleland in
1893. He was in command of the combined
scouts of the Victoria and Salisbury Columns,
and was present in all actions until the occupa-
tion of Bulawayo (medal and clasp). He retired
from the regular army in 1894. He took part
in the suppression of the Matabele Rebellion
first as Staff Officer to Col. Spreckley, C.M.G.,
and then in command of White's Flying Column
at the reliefs of Salisbury, Hartley Hill, and
Enkeldoorn (medal and clasp). Since 1895 Capt.
White has been connected with several business
undertakings in Rhodesia. He married, Dec. 11,
1901, Evelyn, dau. of F. B. Bulkeley Johnson.

WHITE, MAJOR HON. ROBERT, of 16, Stratton

St., Piccadilly, and of the Turf, Travellers', Naval
and Military, Bachelors', and Pratt's Clubs, is
the son of Luke, Baron Annaly. He was born
Oct. 26, 1861, at Kirkmichael, Dumfriesshire
and was educated at Eton and Trinity Coll.,
Camb. In 1882 he joined the Royal Welsh
Fusiliers, and served in the Nile Campaign, re-
ceiving the Egyptian medal (1884-5) and the
Khedive's star. He was on the Staff of the
Cork Dist. 1886-89 ; on the Staff of the York
Dist. 1890-91, and attended the Staff Coll.
1891-92. He was appointed on the Staff in
Rhodesia and was one of the British officers who
took part in the Jameson Raid, and for this he
was imprisoned in Hollo way for seven months
in 1896-97. He served with the 6th Div. in S.A.
in 1900, and was present at the battles of Paarde-
burg and Driefontein, at the relief of Kimberley,
and at Diamond Hill. He was promoted Maj.
by Lord Roberts and gazetted in 1901. Un-

WIENER, LTJDWIG, of the Retreat, Newlands,
near Cape Town ; of the City Club (C.T.) and of
the National Liberal Club, comes from a long-
lived stock on his mother's side, she having lived
to the age of ninety-four years. He was born
in Berlin in 1838 and emigrated to America in
1850. He was educated in Berlin and New York.
He left America for S.A. in 1855, and for fifteen
years he was in business at Tulbagh and Ceres.
Proceeding to C.T. in 1870, he became a partner
of Van der Byl & Co., and retired from the firm
as senior partner Dec. 31, 1895. In 1899 he
started a new business as general merchants under
the style and firm of Wiener & Co., Ltd., of which
coy. he was appointed chairman for life. For
fifteen years he represented C.T. in the House
of Assembly, and during this time always fought
for cheap food and dear brandy. He was
Commissioner for the C.C. at the Chicago
World's Fair in 1893. For many years he has
been Chairman of the Table Bay Harbour Board,
and for a considerable time Pres. of the Chamber
of Commerce at C.T. He was also formerly
Pres. of the Associated Chambers of Commerce
of S.A. He is the Chairman of the Colonial
Mutual Life Assurance and the Manchester
Assurance Co. Among other philanthropic
works he has been Pres. of the Somerset Hospital.
In 1858 he married Miss Barker, niece of M. M.
Tate, of Cape Town.

Wynberg, C.C., was born in Dorset June 22, 1856 ;
is second son of the late Rev. H. B. Williams,



Rector of Bradford Peverell, Dorset ; Fellow
of Winchester Coll., and Hon. Canon of Salisbury
Cathedral. He was educated at Marlborough
Coll. He entered the Cape Civil Service in 1879 ;
was Asst. R.M. at Kimberley, 1882 ; at C.T.
1895, and was appointed R.M. at Wynberg in

1902. He married, Mar. 10, 1885, Elizabeth
Mary, eldest dau. of the late Nathaniel Cock, of
Kimberley, and grand-dau. of the Hon. Wm.
Cock, M.L.C.

WILLIAMS, H. SYLVESTER, is a native of
Bermuda, and a member of Gray's Inn. In Oct. ,

1903, he was admitted to practise at the Supreme
Court of the Transvaal, of which he is the first
and only coloured member.

M.Am. I.M.E. ; of Park Lane, Parktown,
Johannesburg (Box 149), and of the New Club,
Johannesburg ; was born at Anglesea, N. Wales,
Nov. 24, 1862. He is eldest son of James
Michell Williams, of Gwenep, Cornwall, and was
educated privately. Himself the son of a mining
engineer and metallurgist, he was trained in a
metallurgical works at Swansea, S. Wales, and
proceeded to S.A. as Chief Chemist and Metal-
lurgist to the Cape Copper Co. at Ookiep, Nama-
qualand. For the past 13 years he has been
engaged in metallurgical work on the Rand, and
since 1895 has acted as consulting chemist and
metallurgist to the Eckstein and other mining
groups. During this period he has been largely
instrumental in bringing the profitable treatment
of " slimes " to a successful issue. From 1899
to 1903 he was Pres, of the Chemical and Metal-
lurgical Society of S.A., which during his term
of office enlarged its sphere of usefulness by in-
cluding " mining " in its scope and title. In
1903 Mr. Williams was elected a member of the
Council of the Institution of Mining and Metal-
lurgy, London. He was appointed by Lord
Milner a member of the Commission on Miners'
Phthisis, and served on the Technical Education
Commission nominated by the Transvaal Govt.
He takes a keen interest in scientific work and
education, and married, Dec. 4, 1894, Mary
Annie, eldest dau. of H. A. Bradley, engineer and
architect, of London.

D.D., Bishop of St. John's, Kaffraria, of Bishops-
mead, Umtata, C.C. ; was born at Birmingham,
Oct. 15, 1857, is eldest son of Thos. Watkin
Williams, F.R.G.S. ; was educated at Winchester,
Oxford, and Cuddesdon ; was ordained in 1881 ;

was Domestic Chaplain to the Archbishop of
C.T. from 1892 till 1901, when he was appointed
to the Bishopric of St. John's.

(1901), of Head Quarter House, Mafeking, and of
the St. James' Club, is the son of the Rev. T. M.
Williams, of Treffos, Anglesey, and was educated
at Rossall. He explored in Patagonia in
1873-74, and was in Central Africa in 1883-84.
He was head of the Civil Intelligence of the
Bechuanaland Expedition in 1884-85. He was
British Consular Officer in S.A.R. 1887 and
was appointed first British Agent in S.A.R.,
with Letter of Credence, 1888. He was
Colonial Treas. of Gibraltar 1890, and also Capt.
of the Port of Gibraltar 1895. He received the
silver medal and vellum certificate from the
Italian Govt. for services in connection with the
wreck of the Utopia in 1891. After the Raid he
went to the Barbados as Colonial Secy, in 1897,
and acted twice as Governor of Barbados. He
is the author of " The British Lion in Bechuana-
land," and was Special Correspondent of the
" Standard," 1884-85. He married, in 1875,
Jessie, dau. of Samuel Dean.

WILLIAMS, ROBERT, of 30 and 31, Clement's
Lane, London, E.G. ; ;and of 69, Albert Hall
Mansions, Kensington Gore, London, was born
at Aberdeen, Scotland, and was formerly En-
gineer for the Bxiltfontein Mine, and afterwards
went to the Transvaal and Rhodesia, but it
was as a financier in London that he made
his chief mark, devoting his energies mainly to
the development of the territories about and
above the Zambesi. He is Managing Director
of the Tanganyika Concessions Ltd. , the Katanga
Railway Co., and the Zambesi Exploring Co.,
besides exercising considerable infhience over
other large concerns. The Tanganyika Con-
cessions Co. is an immense concern, holding
sway over large tracts of N. Rhodesia and
Katangaland. It holds for joint account with
the Katanga Co. the prospecting rights over
about 60,000 square miles in the Congo district,
with the right to work all mines which may be
discovered for 89 years, and there are said to
be tin and copper deposits exceeding many
millions in value, besides gold reefs, cobalt and
nickel. The Tanganyika Co. also owns a half
interest in the Benguella Concession, with the
sole right to prospect over about 120,000
sq. miles for ten years and to work all mines
found in perpetuity. But one of the greatest
schemes with which Mr. Williams is identified



is the construction of the railway from Lobito
Bay, under the Benguella Concession, to open
up the mineral areas and eventually probably
connect with the Cape to Cairo railway system,
and if he succeeds in satisfactorily financing
this, the line should absorb nine-tenths of the
S. African passenger traffic to and from
Europe. But in view of Mr. Williams' previous
success in carrying out his projects it is not
probable that this scheme will fail for want of
support in the proper quarters. Mr. Robert
Williams is a man of enormous enterprise, who
has worked wonders with the aid of such small
opportunities as have presented themselves, a
small syndicate of his with a capital of but
5,000 having been gradually developed into
the Zambesia Exploring Co., from which ulti-
mately sprang the Tanganyika Concessions.
A protege of Cecil Rhodes, who strongly sup-
ported his daring and ambitious schemes, he
has also received great assistance from the King
of the Belgians and the King of Portugal. He
was further seconded by the well-known firm of
Hilder & Paul. Given a sufficiency of financial
support, we may yet see Mr. Robert Williams fig-
uring as theCecil Rhodes of Northern Zambesia.
He is personally very popular, and fond of shoot-
ing and yachting, and was formerly the owner
of the yacht Bosabelle He drives a double
tonneau Panhard motor, and still plays a good
game of cricket, and it will be remembered that
he captained the team at Bal-na-coil which
played and beat the S. African XI. in 1901.
He married Margaret, dau. of Mr. Bayne, of

Cairo, and of the Athenaeum Club, was born at
Neuilly, France, in 1856 ; is younger son of the
late Graham Willmore, Q.C., Judge of the
Somersetshire County Court and Recorder of
Bath and Wells, by his wife Josephine Selden, of
Virginia. He was educated at King's Coll.,
Camb., where he graduated M.A. in 1886 ; is a
Barrister of the Inner Temple, and was appointed
a Student Interpreter at Constantinople in 1879.
He was Acting Consul-Gen, at Philippopolis,
1885 ; Vice-Consul at Angora, 1885-87, and at
Alexandria, 1887-89, when he was appointed to
his present position as a Judge of the Native
Egyptian Court of Appeal. He is a Lecturer at
the Khedivial School of Law and has published
"The Spoken Arabic of Egypt" (1901) and
" Handbook of Spoken Egyptian Arabic " (1903).
In his earlier days he won prizes for running and
jumping ; his recreations are now lawn tennis

and swimming. He married, in 1890, Edith
Mabel, eldest dau. of the late Alfred Caillard,
Director of Customs, Egypt.

WILLS, JOHN TRENWITH, Order of the Med-
jidieh, of Formby, Lancashire, fifth and youngest
son of John Wills, merchant, of Liverpool, his
grandfather being Francis Wills, Headmaster of
the then great Quaker Sch. at Newton-in-Bolland,
Yorks., was born at Chester in 1844, and was
educated at the Merchant Taylors' Sch., and
afterwards in Italy. About the year 1861 he
went to Alexandria, Egypt, and joined the firm
of the Egyptian Commercial and Trading Co.,
Ltd., and later, that of Messrs. Robt. Corkling
& Co., Ltd., of Alexandria and Mansourah. At
the latter place he was for some time Acting
British Vice-Consul.

In 1870 he started the well-known firm of Wills,
Manche & Co., Steamship Agents at Port Said and
Suez, now called Wills & Co., Ltd. His firm, be-
sides representing many of the principal British
and foreign steamship cos., was also coal con-
tractors to the British Govt. for some seven con-
secutive years, and especially during the eventful
time of the Arabi Pasha revolt. During this
time they had to supply the coal to the immense
fleet of hired transports on their way through the
Canal with the troops, etc., to Ismailia just prior
to the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir, when the power of
Arabi was broken once for all. Later on they
had to supply all the coal to the fleet of hired
transports taking out railway material for the
projected Suakim-Berber Railway for the relief
of Gordon Pasha at Khartoum,which however was
abandoned, and the ships with their cargoes re-
turned to England by order of the Gladstone

The subject of our sketch was for about twelve
years Hon. Vice-Consul at Port Said to H.M.
King Oscar of Sweden and Norway. One of the
interesting events during his term of office w r as
the return of Prof. Nordenskjold's expedition to
the Polar regions. Capt. Pallander, R.N. (Nor-
wegian), the Commander of the Expedition,
during a visit to the Vice-Consular Office gave a
very graphic viva voce outline of the journey in
English, from the time the expedition left home
until its arrival at Port Said. This the subject
of our sketch translated verbatim into French as
the narrative proceeded, and it was taken down
on the spot by the representative of the local
French paper and duly appeared in extenso in
the next day's issue. This was the first authentic
account that appeared in the public press, and ifc

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