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THE CORONATION THE KING'S CONVALESCENCE. The King for the first time since his stay on tin Victoria and Alber: walked on the promenade deci above the pavilion on Monday. To do this his Majesty had to pass up and down a flight of stairs, and he did so unassisted. This constitutes a very marked advance in the King's progress, and indicates how well the wound is healing. The British Me licil Journal says: We are pleased to be able to state that the King is doing well, and has made more rapid progress than was anticipated. The wound is reduced to very small proportions. Putting aside actual accidents, the public need not fear any second postponement of the Coronation, nor be uneasy as to the King's ability to go through the ceremony with safety and without exhaustion. On Tuesday his Majesty was up on deck at an earlier hour than usual, and was an interested spectator of the start of the yachts engaged in the race for his Majesty's Cup. The Royal yacht left her moorings just before one o'clock and went for a cruise to the eastward. The King has had a number of visitors to see him, and on Monday the Empress Eugenie, who is staying at Cowes on board her yacht the Thistle, paid a visit to the King and Queen. The Queen and Princess Victoria, accompanied by Sir Frederick Treves, afterwards went on board the Royal yacht Osborne, and made a private visit to Netley Hospital. A SEA TRIP TO SCOTLAND. Their Majesties, who will return to Cowes after the Coronation and will stay there for at least a week, will then proceed from Cowes to Balmoral, says the World, and in order to avoid the long rail- way journey from Gosport to Ballater, it is con- templated that they shall go from the Solent to Aberdeen on the Royal yacht. The Braemar Gatlu ring, which has not been held since September, 1899, will probably be revived this year, but it is understood that it will take place at Old Mar Castle, and not at Balmoral. CEREMONY REHEARSALS. Several rehearsals of the Coronation ceremony within the Abbey have been held under the direction of the Duke of Norfolk, Earl-Marshal, General Sir Reginald Pole-Carew instructing the noblemen and others in the task of marching in the prescribed fashion. Among those attending on Monday were Lord Churchill (ActingLord Chamberlain), Viscount Valentia, Lord Rosebery, General Pole-Carew, Dr. Sheppard, Canons Robinson, Duckworth, and Henson, the Dean of Westminster, Bishop Welldon, the Bishop of Winchester, Mr. Victor Cavendish, Earl Spencer, the Earl of Pembroke, and several of the Pages and the oflicials of the College of Arms. BEARING THE ROYAL TRAINS. Special attention has been devoted to practising the pages in the important duties which devolve upon them in bearing the trains of the King and Queen. The King will not carry the enormous weight of the Imperial mantle during the long progress from the annexe to the" theatre." But the mantle rests upon his shoulders during the investiture with the ring and the two sceptres, the putting on of the Crown, the presentation of the Bible, the enthronisation, the homage, the crowning of the Queen, and the Holy Communion. Some forty yards of the purest cloth of gold have been used for this magnificent robe, in addition to its sumptuous embroideries and <ipp/iqi,{<, into which heavy gold and silver threads also enter largely. Hence the necessity for support of the great weight in a manner that is something more than a picturesque formality. Lord Suffield fulfils the duty of Master of the Robes, and the train will be carried under his direction by six peers who are still minors, namely the Duke of Leinster, the Marquess Conyngham, the Earls of Portarlington and Caledon,Lord Vernon, and Lord Somcrs. They will be assisted by Viscount Torrington, who was one or the Pages of Honour at the State opening of Parliament in February last, and the Hon. V. A. Spencer. The Queen will have no ceremonial vestments to assume, but her train is of immense length, and will be a heavy burden to sustain. The Duchess of Buccleuch, as Mistress of the Robes, herself assists in bearing it, and the pages will include the youthful Marquess of Stafford, Lord Claud Nigel Hamilton, the Hon. Robert Palmer, the Earl of Macclesfield, the Hon. Edward Lascelles, and the Hon. Arthur Anson. INVITATIONS TO MAYORS. The Earl Marshal, in accordance with his Majesty's commands, has addressed communications to all Mayors of towns of over 20,000 inhabitants inviting their attendance at the Coronation cere- mony. The invitations were sent out by telegram on Sunday night, and an immediate reply by tele- gram was requested. The text of the invitation foi the Coronation ceremony sent to Mayors of pro- vincial boroughs is as follows: "I am commanded to send you an invitation for the Coronation on August 9th. If you wish one kindly reply. You would have to wear robes and chain if no robes, uniform or Court dress, with chain." The Mayoi of Clonmel sent the following reply to the Earl- Marshal's message: "Neither wish for nor will accept invitation to Coronation.—CONDON, Mayoi aacl M.P., East Tipperary." CORONATION ITEMS. It is announced at The Hague that owing to the state of King Edward's health, no special or diplomatic mission will be sent by the Netherlands to London for the Coronation festivities. A Coronation committee at Wolverhampton has arranged for the roasting of an ox on Saturday, in celebration of the Coronation. Coronation festivities have been arranged at Buenos Ayres for Friday and Saturday. The authorities have, a Times telegram says, conceded permission to fly the British flag on these days. Simultaneously with the Coronation at West- minster Abbey, there will be a special service at St. Saviour's, Southwark. The service will be choral, but the music, owing to the unavoidable absence of a large number of the choir on their holi- days, will be of a simple character. The Coronation chairs which the peers and peeresses are to use are being eagerly competed for. They are all branded with the King's monogram and other devices, and are all to be sold after the Coronation. It is already evident that there will only remain at most some one hundred and fifty of these chairs for competition among the outside public, so keen is the desire on the part of the peers, the Government officials, and others to have them as mementos. It is officially announced that the Abbey will be open from Tuesday, 12th inst., until Saturday, 16th inst., between the hours of 10 a.m. and six p.m. On Tuesday only the Colonial, Indian, and native troops will be admitted under command and without charge. The charge for admission on the other days will be as follows: Wednesday, August 13th, 5s; Thursday, August 14th, 2s. 6d. Friday and Saturday, August 15th and 16th, 6d. THE NAVAL REVIEW. The lists shewing the positions which the ships taking part in the Naval Review at Spithead will occupy indicate that in the main arrangement will be very similar to that observed at the original assembly of the Fleet in June. In all there will be six lines, that designated F being reserved as the anchorage for foreign warships. This will be on the Isle of Wight side, and next to the foreigners will be the principal British line, designated "E," headed by the flagship of the Channel Squadron, and in this will be the Royal Sovereign, which takes the place of the London as flagship of Sir Charles Hotham, the Admiral in supreme command. Lines D and C will be composed of some of the older battleships, cruisers, and smaller craft, while line B is allotted entirely to torpedo-boat destroyers, which will be moored off the mainland between Southsea and Stokes Bay. Nearer in shore will be a smaller line, designated "A," reserved for special service boats. The full list is as follows, the names reading from east to west: LINE E.—Battleships: Majestic, Jupiter, Han- nibal, Prince George, Magnificent, Mars, Trafalgar, Nile, Royal Sovereign, Edinburgh, and Dreadnought; the cruisers Niobe, Doris, Pactolus, Sutlej, Furious, Prometheus, St. George, Juno, and Brilliant. LINK D.—Battleships: Revenge, Empress of India, Camperdown, Anson, Resolution, Benbow, Sans Pareil, Collingwood, Devastation. Cruisers: Cres- cent, Endymion, Australia, Galatea, Apollo, Melampus, Severn, Andromache, Minerva, Rainbow, and Hyacinth. LINK C. — Cruisers: Immi rtalite, Narcissus, Hawke, and Scylla. Gunboats: Antelope, Jason, Spanker, Speedwell, Gleaner. Skipjack, Renard, Hebe, Alarm, Sheldrake, Sha/pshooter, Seagull, Juseur, Circe, and Hazard; the training ships Northampton, Calliope, Cleopatra, Dolphin, Wan- derer, Pilot, Martin, Liberty, Nautilus, and Sea- flower. LINK B.—Destroyers Succe", Zephyr, Electra, Zebra, Flirt, Fervent, Wi/.ard, Syren, Racehorse, Snapper, Haughty, Angler, Roebuck, Ranger, Sunfish, Swordti h. Sprightly, Lively, Opossum, Decoy Gipsy, Skate, Dasher, Charger, Starfish, Ferrer, Hunter, Hasty, Contest, Shark, Hornet, and Ha iock. "What an excellent way of settling the drink question it would be if all the public-houses weie kel-t by members of the Blue Ribbon Army!" said ftir. Justice Darling at the Law Courts. Damages to the amount of £4,000 were obtained at Leeds assizes against the Lancashire and York- shire hail way Coir:p; ny by Mr. Filner CasS, a com- traveller, who was injured in a railway accident at lioibeck.