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POLITICAL GOSSIP. --+-

LITERATURE AWD THE AKTS. --

DEAD BODIES IN THE THAMES.

A SCENE AT A FUNERAL.

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A SCENE AT A FUNERAL. At Kingston Cemetery, the other day, a funeral pro- cession arrived with the corpse for the purpose of interment, when another service was being performed in the church by the vicar. On the exit of the minister, therefore, a question was asked the undertaker (Mr. B. C. Miller) whether he would take the corpse into the recepticn-room. And here it will be necessary to explain that, for a considerable time past, great dis- satisfaction has been manifested at the difference shown in the arrangement of the morning and after- noon funerals, the vicar receiving the morning funerals with the corpse into the church, while afternoon funerals are deprived of the same privilege, a room in the porch being allotted them. The burial board, after duly considering the matter, determined on placing a stand, or what is called a "turn-table" in the church, and also one in the chapel, both of which are used at the morning funerals. Being pressed to use the turn- table at the afternoon funerals to which reference has been made, we are assured that the vicar refused, the result being that Mr. Miller expressed, on behalf of the deceased's family, his determination to use the table. The vicar positively refused to perform the service, unless the corpse was removed from the church. Mr. Miller was equally determined not to remove the body, and after some delay the vicar disrobed himself and left the cemetery, leaving the corpse in the church. We understand Mr. Miller told the vicar that if he did not return in a quarter of an hour he would xead the service himself! The vicar did not return, and at six o'clock, or there about, Mr. Miller proceeded to the grave, and read the burial service over the body. The grave was ultimately filled in, and the mourners left the cemetery.

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A STRANGE BUT TRUE STORY.…

'.OUR MISCELLANY. -+-

SINGULAR COMBINATION OF CIRCUMSTANCES.

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EXTRACTS FROM " PUNCH " &…

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