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THE MISSING JOURNALIST.

ATTEMPT TO KILL A

MILITARY CYCLING.

SELLING A HUSBAND.

PLOT AGAINST THE CZAR.

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THE AGITATION IN IRELAND.

THE "AWAKENING" OF CHINA.

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MARRYING JOHN CHINAMAN.

STARTLING NEWS.

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STARTLING NEWS. Every newspaper has had its weak moment. Some item of intelligence, monstrum, horrendum, informe, ingens," comes to hand and receives the dignity of publication before any one can well be aware that it is also a case of "cui lumen ademptum "—that it lacked the light of truth. There are journals which do this sort of thing of malice prepense others do it by mischance. But beyond doubt, whether acci- dentally or deliberately, the Shanghai Mercury must be considered to have cut the record recently in the matter of startling news. Under the head of "Stray Topics," it lately presented its readers with the fol- lowing communications, all (save the mark!) pub- lished on the same day "Charles Parnell, some time M.P. for Cork city, and three prominent Anarchists have been executed at Kilmainham. A small detachment of cavalry was in readiness, but their services were not required." A bill abolishing the official designation of Ire- land and assimilating the laws of the United King- dom has received Royal assent." Mr. W. E. Gladstone was found dead this morn- ing, through an overdose of morphia." "Writs have been issued for the arrest of Morley and two other conspirators." One shudders to think what must be the normal condition of the readers of the Shanghai Mercury, if the news of this single day be taken as a sample of what Shanghai enterprise is capable of evolving a 11 out of its inner consciousness. The journalistic methods of the Crap aud- Volant sink into tame in- significance beside the breathless majesty of these fictions. Shanghai is evidently an El Dorado of political dreams.

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