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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT.

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MYSTERIOUS PRESENTIMENT. The following is given publicity to by the Dowager Lady Lyttelton, Hagley Ibll Admiral Sir Thomas Williams, a straightforward and excellent man, founder of the Royal Naval Female School for the education of naval officers' daughters, was in command of a ship crossing the Atlantic Ocean. His course brought him within sight of the Island of Ascension, at that time uninhabited, and never visited by any ship except for the purpose of collecting turtles, which abound on the coast. The island was barelv described on the horizon, and was not to be noticed at all; but as Sir Thomas looked at it, he was seized by an unaccountable desire to steer towards it. He felt how strange such a wish would appear to his crew, and tried to disregard it-but in vain. His desire became more and more urgent and dis- tressing, and foreseeing that it would soon be more difficult to gratify it, he told his Lieutenant to prepare to put about ship and steer for Ascension. The officer to whom he spoke ventured respectfully to represent that changing their course would greatly delay themâthat just at that moment the men were going to their dinnerâthat, at least, some delay might be allowed. But these arguments seemed to increase Captain William's anxiety, and he gave the word of command, which is never resisted. He saw in the countenances of his officers an expression of wonder and even blame, as strong as is ever shown on an order from the Captain; but he was obeyedâand the ship was steered towards the uninteresting little island. All eyes and spy-glasses were now fixed upon it, and soon something was perceived on the shore. "It is white-it is a flag-it must be a signal!" and when they neared the shore, it was ascertained that sixteen men, wrecked on that coast many days before, and suffering the extremity of hunger, had set up a signal, though almost without a hope of relief. The ship- » wrecked men were taken on board and the voyage completed. Sir Thomas related this anecdote in the simplest and most tranquil manner, in A.D. 1813 (years after the date of its occurrence), to the writer of this accoant."

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