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NOTES AND QUERIES.- [12 s.vi. JUNE 5,1020.


Any information on these points, helping to trace more of the lost and scattered Winchester glass, will be of the greatest value. I am looking forward with interest to MB. JOHN DE COUTEUR'S book, ' Ancient Glass in Winchester,' published by Messrs. Warren & Sons of Winchester, which I understand is just ready.

WM. M. DODSON.

55 Broad St., LucUow.

CAROLINE KOBEKT HERBERT (12 S. vi. 250) was the third son of Hon. William Herbert, who was the fifth son of Thomas (Herbert), 8th Earl of Pembroke. He was born Sept. 28, 1751, and owed his name, Caroline, to the fact that he was godson of Queen Caroline, wife of George II.

He was admitted to Eton College as an oppidan, Jan. 18. 1765, but must have left the school very soon afterwards. He matri- culated at Glasgow University in 1770 ; became ensign in the 32nd Foot, Jan. 1, 1773, but his name is not in the Army List of 1775. He was admitted a fellow- commoner at Clare Hall, Cambridge, July 5, 1780 ; LL.B., 1787 ; he was chaplain to the 1st Dragoon Gxiards, 1780-82, and sub- sequently rector of East Woodhay ; he died Feb. 2, 1814.

I cannot think of any other instances of boys receiving the name of Caroline, there are instances of boys being named Anne, e.g., Lord Anne Hamilton, son of the 4th Duke of Hamilton, a godson of Queen Anne. R. A. A.-L.

LATIN AS AN INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE (12 S. vi. 202, 234, 261). For many years, in the eighties and nineties of last century, I was official interpreter to British Settle- ments in the Mediterranean district, and was often called on to act at both Civil and Criminal Courts, where " foreigners " were the litigants. Once in Rome when an Austrian priest and an Italian priest, were plaintiff and defendant respectively, when the Italian official interpreter had failed to make both parties xinderstand, the official English interpreter was summoned, and although both parties were well educated priests, it was only by Latin that I could hold intelligible conversation. Again in Alexandria (Egypt) when an Egyptian Government official and a Greek priest failed to understand each other, it was only by Latin that I was enabled to make each one know what was wanted. On another occa- sion four intelligent men, a Spaniard, a


Greek, an Italian, and a Morocco State official, knowing only their own language, were at loggerheads, and appeared before the Chief Justice of Gibraltar, who failed, through his different interpreters, to under- stand, and make each one understand. The English "man of "languages " was summoned from Malta, and conveyed in a British man-of-war to unravel the story in which exploit Latin played a prominent part. J. W. F.

DICKENS'S MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE (12 S. vi. 252). A passage in ' Charles Dickens. The Story of his Life,' by the author of ' The Life of Thackeray,' published by, and generally attributed to, John Camden Hotten, n.d. (1870) probably answers the query :

" A high medical authority assures as that in the author's description of the last illness of Mrs. Skewton he actually anticipated the clinical re- searches of M. Dax, Broca, and Hughlings Jack- son, on the connection of right hemiplegia with asphasia."

The extract is made literatim.

W. B. H.

CHINESE GORDON'S HEIGHT (12 S. vi. 251). General Sir Gerald Graham, Gordon's old school chum at Woolwich, and later his comrade in the Crimea and China, in describing his friend's appearance, mentions that he was " not over five feet nine inches in height, but of compact build. . . ."

With the exception of his companion Col. Donald Stewart and Mr. Power, General Graham was the last Englishman to see General Gordon in this world.

J. PAINE.

CURIOUS SURNAMES (12 S. vi. 68, 115, 196, 238). Opinions may differ as to whether Lumsden is a curious surname, but there is a curious story as to its origin. As the story was told to me by some one who bore the name, and I have not seen it in print it may be worth recording. The Danes were invading Scotland, and a small party of them was suddenly attacked by the Scots. One of the invaders a comely youth, seized with sudden panic, rushed into the nearest house and tried to hide him self in the chimney. The owner of the house was about to kill him, when his daughter, falling on her knees, begged her father to spare him. This was done, and from that time onwards the Dane was known as Lumsden, the Dane in the chimney. It is