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NOTES ON N1,1 A GREAT deal of mystery attaches to the Thibetan mission which arrived in St. Peiors- burg a month ago and was received with unusal favour. The Czar met the members in person, and alter this gracious reception they departed again, but their exact destination rpmains IIU- kn own. There are two or three points about the mission which deserve notice. First.-it was lieaded by a Russian subject. Secondly, al- thcIIgh it journeyed so far Im,1 through so JlI\;e)¡ dangerous country, it carried no arms and equipment, and on arrival had practically III) apparel. Thirdly, the mission -travelled through British territory. Fourthly, a Russian iVrce is believed to have had orders to escort the members back to their homes, and the way lies through Mongolia. AN experiment which is ahout to be tried fit Earl's Court is a great improvement upon the custom practised in drinking gardens m B avaria, where thirsty Germans run about. wir, ] their mugs and draw for themselves from tne j tllp the beer they want to consume. An I snatic restaurant is about to be opened at the exhibition which will deliver beer, lemonade, soda water, whisky and soda mixed in the pro- per proportions, whisky and lime juice, or brandy and soda also duly mixed, and all on the penny in the ]ot principle, of which the se! eme is a development. If the automatic machines are suilicienily numerous the plan may increase the expedition of the service, and the, impassive face of the machine will not appeal to the thirsty ones for the tip which is so otten ex- pected by the merely human servitor. THE youngest of our reigning sovereigns, the Queen of the Netherlands, is 21. She has long since come of age, lor queens come of age at 18. We know, in the case of our Queen" Vic- toria, how her predecessor on the Throw, William IV., went, out of his way to thank (iod that on May 21th his niece was of age, and tLd there was no fear of a Rpgeuey under which I is sister-in-law, the Duchess of Kent, would be the Queen Regent. There was nothing of this thanking God with reference to the Queen of Holland, for when her father died the Iiljie oil) an had no relation sa ve her mother and the distant Wied cousins, all whose rights to the throne of the Netherlands and the colon ial pos- sessions in Java and Sumatra, more valuable than the Low Countries themselves, seem likely to be abrogated by all event which is expected in January next. THE Malta Blue-book- makes pleasant read- ing, when judiciously condensed; for the island, in spite of the friction ahont the native lan- guage— which is, by the way, nowhere within reasonable distance of Itft!iaii-i,, prosperous. Moreover, it is ebulliently lovai, and not only shouted with the best /over the relief of Ladysmith, but sent nine Maltese oflicers to help the British Empire in Africa. But when we come to look b'-nialh these outward signs of prosperity in increase of population and rise in the valnn of exports and imports, we meet the old. old story of the casual British take it or leave it" method of do;ng business. The Continental 'bagman has dis- covered Malta. He goes there, stays there, and makes friends, taking pains to lcarn the hylwid speech of the island, which is beneath the notice of the imperious Briton. -Awl he gets the orders. His" iugnLtiating manners" have even attained, as it were, mention in despatches. Malta. is lint, a small corner of the world but it supplies, as a (hop of water indicates the composition of an ocean, evidence of the superb nonchalance of the British trader. THE statistical abstract relating to British India from 1890-1 to 1899-1900 has just been rlelivered in the library of the House of Com- mons. It informs us, among other matters, that while in 1890-1 there were only 1,481 print- ing presses at work in India, there were in 1899-1900 as many as 2,153. In the same period the number of newspapers increased from f)47 to G75. and the periodicals from .1,10 to 465. In the opening year of the decade GGl books were puhlished in English or other European lan- guages while last year 1.164 saw the light, of publication. Another table gives particulars concerning the number of persons and cattle liilled in British India by wild beasts and snakes, the number of tvild beasts and sna'ics destroyed, and the amount of the rewards paid for their destruction. Last year 27,585 persons met with violent deaths through the agencies named, 98.687 cattle were killed, while 18 887 wild beasts and 93.921 snakes were destroyed. fit the way of reward 111,494 rupees were paid. Fi •ora the preliminary figures of the census of 1901 which are here given as having been taken in British tei-ritoi-y ttid the Native States, it appears that the total population of India is now 294,260.701, as against a popu- lation of 287.223,431 in 1891 and 253.793.514 in 1881. OUR esteemed friend the Shadow 'has domes- tic troubles to worry him in addition to the dispute with M. Constans over the Constanti- nople quays. The poor man's domestic ivbi. tions have been far from harmonious, which is not to be wondered at, as these domestic re- lations are of Mormon-like abundance. IIis Majesty's third wife—or was it his thirty-third? —recently plotted with other malcontents against his welfare, and decided that his ab- dication or deposition was necessary. Needless to say, Abdul did not share these disinterested Tiews. He hid himself, like Polonius, behind the tapestries of the room where the ladies plotted. Scarcely had their conversation be- gun whcn an angry yoice wnR Itpanl from with- out, exclaiming, Col-var(l, I will have your blood! A revolver shot, fired from a con- cealed loophole in the wall, followed immedi- ately, and the Sultan's third wife fell dead. Other shots were fired, three other ladies Iw- ing wounded—one of them the supervisor of the Imperial harem. Some of the ladies present were expelled from the Palace, and given in forced marriage to the oflicei-s of the Sultan's fanatical regiment of Kurdish "Haniidjeh" cavalry, while the remainder, suggests the organ of the Young Turk's party, which tells the story, were among the seven iiiiii(li-ed froi;i the Palace who recently sailed for Arabia. It will he interesting to hear of the arrival of that vessel. THE French detectives are looking for a quick-change artiste named Goirand, who under various disguises has caused them an infinitude of trouble, and various gullible folks in Paris the IOSH of milch valuable property. Goirand is an old gaol-bird, or lie would he if he did not escape so frequently. One of his finest achieve- ments was his escape from it ilillitii-v prison. /V lieutenant, of the line passed cut. and oil being saluted by the sentry stopped to point out to the man that some detail in his uniform was not in accordance with the regulations, then walked away. The supposed officer was the prisoner, who had donned a lieutenant's cap and long cloak, which he had found in the guard room. On another occasion Goirand, sentenced to )i,tition, was being escorted to the office when he suddenly stepped from among his fellow-prisoners and said to the Municipal Guards, with a severe look, I am not at all satisfied with the way you watch your prisoners. You must exhibit more are and zeal in the discharge of Your duties in future. ot liill h:iie to rel)ort You Then he walked off, saluted respectfully by the alarmed Guards, who tool, him for a high police official. Soon afterwards he engaged in a series of i\>b- oeries, the proceeds of which enabled him, to live in splendid style, and to make friends with several of the neighbouring gentry and land- owners, who were only too happy to shoot over nis preserves. They little suspected that the cutest bird of the lot was the owner hilllseH- jyiiohas now fled.

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KKNTISH TOWN MURDER.

COYAL COMMISSION ON TUBERCULOSIS

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bRAILWAY CLEANER'S FATE. I

TAMWORTH MURDER VERDICT.

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-------THEATRE BURNED DOWN.…

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--------NO CAUSE FOR PESSIMISM.

SEVEN STACKS BURNED.

- LADY'S COMPENSATION CLAIM.

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1A rOTATU FATCti PEST.

PARTRIDGE SHOOTING.

FIRE AT CHATHAM DOCKYARD.

ITERRIBLE AFFRAY ON BOARD…

SHOCKING GUN ACCIDENT.

MR. CARNEGIE REWARDS HEROISM.

THE CRUSADE AGAINST THE MOSQUITO.

IRAIN STILL WANTED IN INDIA.

----..--------FOUR YEARS OF…

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