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XORD ROSEBKKY AND LIBERAL…

PRESENTATION TO LORD KITCHENER.

THEFT OF AFRICAN WAR MEDALS.

===== STRUGGLE IN A CHURCH.

RAILWAY STATION EXPLOSION.

EXTRAORDINARY YARMOUTH STORY.

A NURSE'S MARRIAGE STORY.

ANGLESEY JEWEL ROMANCE.

-----THE Vi loN C,vn\s.

A CANAANITISH CASTLE FOUND.

HOLBEIN'8 CHANNEL SWIM.

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HOLBEIN'8 CHANNEL SWIM. Mr. Montague Holbein started on Thursday even- ing on his attempt to swim across the English Channel to the Kentish coast, entering the water at Cape Grisnez shortly before half-past five. He commenced his swim at the beginning of the eastern or flood tide, going off with a powerful stroke, and making a good pace through the water. The weather conditions could not have been more favourable, the sea being almost smooth except for a little ruffle occasionally on the water caused by ths light easterly breeze. He was accompanied by friends on the tug Gianville, those on board including two medical men. He was well rubbed with oil before starting, and wore a specially-fitted mask and goggles for the protection of his eyes. Soon after his start the sea became very choppy. There was a strong tide setting eastward, and Holbein was steadily drifted along towards Calais. He swam in superb style, and made fairly good headway across Channel, considering the very strong tide. By 11.30 Holbein was about half- a-dozen miles off Calais in his effort to reach the English coast. The lights on the English shore had been visible for some time, and steady progress was made towards them or the first hour or two of the westwnv.l ti<'e, but this also strengthened, and was quite Ic.l.i.h n Channel. By two o'clock in the morning Holbein pluckily kept ahead, and was carried steadily back to Cape Gri*•<•• and past that point. He was covering three miles an hour for the greater part of the time, but I i- progress directly towards England by h:.if-past f. >• was only represented by eight miles, alll "ugh he nad swam about thirty. It had been i.ticipated th.it he would reach the Varne buoy, miles off !> iver, on the westward tide, but, as this was a consultation of the experts on board was held, with the result that Holbein was advi. d to give up and try again. Holbein refu-ed to accept the advice for some time, and con- tinued to persevere with his swim. His friends emphasised their advice later with the result that Holbein agreed to come out. He was bitterly disappointed, and jumped into the boat quite unassisted at six o'clock. He was quite fresh and strong, whilst, to the surprise of everyone, his temperature was normal. On landing at Dover Holbein, who had an enthusi- astic reception, expressed his inn determination to try again.

SOCIETY LIBEL ACTION.

SALESWOMAN AND ENGINEER.

WILLS AND BEQUESTS.

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---THE CORONATION

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