29 APRIL 1899, Page 34


[To TEE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sre,—During the time that the Duke of Wellington,as Warden of the Cinque Ports, resided at Walmer Castle, a maiden aunt of mine occasionally stayed in the then small watering-place of Weimer. This lady had a French poodle called ‘Bliicher: One day, when passing the Castle, the dog ran into the grounds. My aunt remained outside, calling in an aggrieved voice, " Blucher, Bliicher." The old Duke looked over the wall, and remarked : "Madam, time was when I should have been ex- tremely glad to see Bliicher."—I am, Sir, &c.,