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-Sjji ir™ Our Special Correqpondent.) [AOOÜIt is a city of mourning. Almost .^Terybofly in the streets is displaying- somo .jwAward and visible sign of a grief which is jfelt by all classes. Men are wearing black I,ief" mourning hat ban els, or bands of bln.ek iofh -on the arm, while the whips of the 'bus- 4$rivers are tied with bows of crepe. The gny ^vlvare of spring costumes and hate, which ■ fsfiil made, the shop windows so attractive for :41;¡: past, have given place to sornbre-biied gucwetits .of mourning. The demand is so jgre.s#. that many (If the shops. liming had time for prepitratioT). were quite lHlRbk .< tfopc with it. There is little doubt that .'jRiumraing will be as generally worn as was 'f}, ease when Qim-mi Victoria: died. For JAmdoflll ioved the King, and the very street. .ijm3$iir!S are subdued, feeling something of the ..KOTO# win"cli has f. lien upon this imperial .ó"Üy. Proofs of the place which Knig .S&tfwavd held in the affections of the people .jtte t/cv be found in the tributes paid in eon- «;.TW«tion by people of every in Hie. • |W«c uf these* tributes are jr-'hnps crudely «jSxprMH«ed, but their sincerity and heart!elt .jfjeality are abundantly evident. The death of the will have a disns- ■iarttn* upon the London x-aKir. which fsffisl promised to he ore of the wosr brilliant for z. good many years. The Onvt was to ftate yeecived a ii I,-r of Iloyst! *isit<-rs. will now. however, come upon a ,(1 ftniftAtm. public event-, in v hich the 'Svifig to have taken a prominent part will .ew, be po.stponed. and some others will be .abandoncd altogether, while the programme pyivate entertainments airn.dv arraaged of course be materially 'changed and eur- 1.¡JfX1. It is aniKHinced that there will be mourning for a year, mourr.ing for months, and afterwa-ds hal'-Tnonrnirg. ■Thft. however, only those (,ü11llcd,d -ti th the Court. The period for general g- wilL it is expected, be three One of the most important: functions uf the was to have been the visit of King 4:k«?rge and Queen May to South A li- ";II ■XJj« ort^-n.'nig of the first Parliament titei-C. Of .sretttr?*? that is now out of the question. and it ■i$> v«-rv likely that the duty will devolve upon 4-he Duke of Co?n"!aught. I'^arliatnent met on Saturday afternoon •witboiit being summoned. and though in the ..iglk^wwo-ns the proceedings W<TC purely -■jl^vnirosl owing to the of, the Speaker, ttttmber of peers took the" oath of allegiance the new King in the House of Lords. The ■•jwttsediate meeting of Parliament in the case ,.0f' demise of the Crown is in accordance -H-tMj: the Act of Sue e mmi. Manv years ago Of ll < M > i.'rc'j w ^teees-sary J;.ëi¡J.f! i arliament conhi ,i—« ndjle, but Par- )kiar> t saw danger in that system. Times .•SWSfti? troublous, and the throne, they thought, -JfcigJlt- be seized by a Royal usurper who ..¡¡)tM be unacceptable to the nation. So they the Act of Succession, which states: the demise of the Crown PRc'l ment, if T.sgfjjkln £ is ill, lyl edizi to proved to act; i4lj '17 ;,4rml, if separated by adjournment^ or proroga- ifCP&i is immediately to meet and sit. The ,efeatb üfKillg Edward occurred during a, re- ,4', while when Queen Victoria passed away jPiWljament was not in session. Even if Par- Jis.iiWTit had been dissolved it would have vlreen revived, and would have been II. good • jPiwHalwait for six nxriiths. A] I J>>ndon was in the streets on Satur- Crowds watched peers and commoners $411114.Z into the Hotiset; of Parliament, and .JtBMWftti waited at Temple Bar and other "Jj;j eX-¡Yo'cting to hear the proclamation of ,4* nc w King. These were misled by the ,JifAtr", the vendors of which sold their wares 8.1 they could hand them over. It was ,#»«o*ai,<e<i that the proclamation would be -•*»*«$*• it- St.. James's Palace, Temple Bar, ,.48t) the ftoyal Exchange during the after- j141Úf, and the people declined to believe the xJpoBee when they said that there would be jonthhig (f the kiud until Monday. So they • jUitftat! for hours in vain. The people who fdt-hemi in the neighbourhood of St. James's did not wait im vain. They saw King1 ,,A;t6wg,e arrive to hold his first Privy Council oirty, to) mq.ke his declaration that it would be eftencfft endeavour under God to follow jki* father's example in striving to pronxote Htm m-fit interests of his jieople. The crowd "IÍfl¡;f( rim the members of the Privy Council ::JWi'w, and were able to recognise many pro- sijHtflWHi men. At Charing-eross there were, ,,44n-#6.e crowds also, quiet, sorrowing crowds, I .■jjWfc tHudmlilthly curious to see something of -Ih gytot. going, forward. And, at interval* in St. James's Park. the' .ntH! hry>ined out their farewell sa.lute to' Kdward—sixty-eight guns, one for each! r* t) £ his age. J 'Kw A»iglo-,Tapja.nese Exhibition, which is -to bol '>fK?ned this month, will be in many ] -1¥it$ô the most l>eautiful of a long series j /•«•»!s-rkabie exhibitions held in London, j jNftl •i^S.torH to the 'White City will be re- j ■jgpAevt !»rith »* feast of marvels. Inside the i '.kiI'u Cíty; there will be all the gorgeous of the East, and indeed the whole I will be like a bit of the Orient tran^r ] -¡. to Shepherd's Bush. The pavilions mm u «tored with specimens of the wouder-, «;kiU of the .Japanese handicraftsmen, ftutD-f ot w"e productions will be seen in ■fsmdUm for the first time. All the ,,Sbp<Mt»0e exhibits will be full of interest to f visitors, but the interesting things triU »<>t be all inside the pavilions. In the jgmW'tidft will be seen a miniature eounter- pt. (tf the fcity of Tokio, and a Japanese mhp- besidee. The Japanese gardens, too, • mifi claim -attention, especially tfae two abivi,at,ore, gardens with their extraordinary .JimNrf trees, of which so much has been i" -PU_ If the latest scientific prediction as to the weather turns cut to be correct., we shall kf-ve a. very d'efînite cause of quarrel with the u-nif Stream. The abnormally cold weather of last- summer, it instated, was directly traceable to the late arrival of the Gulf Stream drift, and to the fact that whey: it did tardily arrive it wasf at nothing like so high a temperature as usual. And we arc told that the Gulf Stream drift is late again this year, and the scientist who tells us these interesting things adds that he thinks it very probable the weather during the coming summer will be some- what similar to last year's. Remembering what ought to have been last year's slimmer, the rain and the cold and the influenza which it brought, it is most devoutly to be hoped that this prophet, like some other prophets, will prove to be wtmg. But the weather we are experien- cing in May is not of the kind to inspire anything but gloomy thoughts of what the summer may bo like. There if, a ray of hope: the Gulf Stream, eveiTf' though late, may be salter and warmer than usual. Then all will be well. Sir Hubert von Herkomer, a dreamer of dreams, has had a vision of a palace of art, I in Hyde Park. "A vast building, noble in; its structure, and surrounded by trees, fountains, statuary, flowers. T cittell at the! wide portal, and seem to come almost iiiiiiie.-I diatd- into a lotunda—gardens, I fancy, I domed in with glass. On 'all sides there is sculpture, seen in its most appropriate! tetting. From this central rotunda I see many rooms radiating. They contain thej Academy pictures, and, in projiortion, in' lighting, and in the principle that every j picture is separated from its neighbour, they! form an ideal series of galleries." The main, part of the palace, it should be noted, is to! be occupied by the Royal Academy. The1 realisation of Sir Hubert's dream will cost a trifle of two Tnilli(Yii,s- a, single year's in-, ■ come of two of the millionaires I know," he' h may S. A. E. M.


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