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DOMESTIC TRAGEDIES. I

DEATH OF A DEVOTED WOMAN.…

ILATEST IN YACHTS. I

COUNTESS'S ROMANCE.J

STRUGGLE WITH A PANTHER. I

I TO FIGHT DISEASE.

HARNESSING THE SUN.

.FRENCH AND ENGLISH WOMEN.

MARK TWAIN AND CHRISTIAN SCIENCE.

OUR LONDON LETTER.

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MUTINY IN A LONDON GAOL. .

BIG INSURANCE FIGURES. I

STANDARDIZING THE SAUSAGE.…

A HAUNTED NECKLACE.I

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I MAID AND MASSEUR.

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THE SINS OF SOCIETY.

AN IMPERIAL OFFICE.

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AN IMPERIAL OFFICE. A suggestion of the formation of an Imperial Office is put forward by Lieutenant L. H. Hor- dern, R.N., in a pamphlet which he has issued, called "The Beginnings of an Imperial Part- nership." The department would be composed of selected representatives of all the various States of the Empire, each one of whom must control and be responsible for the conduct of his own branch of the Imperial Office. The duty, then, of this department is to col- lect and co-ordinate information, to point the way. The function is that of the compass. It neither works the machinery which drives the vessel nor moves the helm, but it is there to be consulted by those whose duty it is to set the course and direct the ship of State. The in- telligence it collects will be partly confidential, partly for public guidance. It may publish monographs on special subjects, or make con- fidential reports, but in either the informa- tion it furnishes must have been carefully sifted and considered by all the States, and not merely by the Government of the United King- dom. The British Cabinet must be able to turn to it for knowledge as to what is desired on a particular occasion by the Governments of the other States, and the teply must be forthcoming in the shortest possible time. The executive must be able to feel assured that if it acted in accordance with this information it has the whole of the Empire behind it; while, if it fails to do so, it is acting contrary to the wishes of the rest of the Empire, to which it owes an explanation of its action.

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