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Brahms, the composer, who died the other day, was very shy and reserved, and sought the society of veiy few friends. Strange to say, he was very fond of Hen Johann Strauss and his valses, although there is such a vast difference in the character of the works of the two men. A pretty anecdote is cold of their intercourse. Strauss once wrote the music of "The Blue Danube" valse on a wooden fan belonging to his wife. When Brahms saw this fan he wrote under the valge: "This is exactly what would wish to have composed." A few months ago the friends of the now deceased com- poser advised him to make a will and g £ t?e (lireLlJoiu as to his works, his collection of musical autographs, and his property, hieb amounts to between £ 8,00C and £ 9,000. Brahma was without blood relations oi any kind, but bad a step-mother and a step-sister. He neglected signing this will, or having il legalised by a lawyer, though he had made th4 ¡ h..t:y of the Friends of Music bis hiira, and now 3» will tabeveuthina that bekacea to him The Gothenburg system is turning out a failure, an dthe friends of the prohibitory move- ment in Norway have had a fuither disappoint- ment in that a mort alcoholic and miserable, but cheap, wine," pours into the country Ilnd a large part of the population used it to drink to excess. Mr. Cecil Rhodes will sail for the Cape at once to resume his Parliamentary duties, and will re- I turn to London when required. The Indian famine fund on Saturday amounted The Rev. Sir John Frederick Halford, who only succeeded to the baronetcy on the death of hia brother, Sir Henry Halfor-d, a few month. ago, died at his residence, Draughton Reotory, Northampton, at three o'clock on Wednesday morning. While waiting for the train at Lara- port station on Tuesday afternoon, ho was seized with an apoplectic fit; and never recovered. He was 67 years of age. The child of a Chiswiek resident named Davie, has met with an extraordinary death by swallow- ing egg-shells. Tracheotomy was performed, but with non-success. Medical testimony at the inquiry showed that death was due to asphyxia from bronchia^ pneumonia. ut up by a foceiirn in the wmd-pijpa.

GREAT REDUCTION IN THE ! CONSUMPTION…

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