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THE SLADE BARONETCY CASE.

THE VISIT OF THE BELGIANS…

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STRONG AFFECTION A CHARACTERISTIC…

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STRONG AFFECTION A CHARACTER- ISTIC OF THE IRISH. The following, which is taken from the Cork Exa- miner, affords an illustration of that abiding affection which is often found in Irish homes A young man lately returned from America to his native land, and found his only sister married to a man who treated her very badly. The brother took her to his own home, a small farm and cottage that he had purchased, about three miles from Youghal. The poor young woman was attacked by a fatal and contagious disease. All her brother's unceasing care and watchfulness could not avail, and she soon breathed her last. The disease being of so dangerous a nature, the neighbours were warned net to attend the wake or go near the house, for fear of the con- tagion being communicated to them. But the brother, who had staid by her in all her suffering would not desert her at the last moment. For two- successive nights lie closed not his weary eyes, but remained by the body praying for rest to her soul. His vigils were shared by two of his warm hearted neighbours, poor women who forgot their own troubles when trying to console one who was enduring greater, and whose iove for the deceased could not change even in death, or the dread of becoming victims to the sickness themselves, The rest of the terrible story is absolutely horrible to relate. The three watchers had spent two nights and da) s without sleep by the side of the remains. The third night approached, it was to be the last to elapse bpfore the body was consigned to the earth;, and with that strength of affection which is the characteristic of Irish homes, the brother and his two friends resolved to overtask nature and keep their sad vigil still. They sat up together to a late hour of the night, but appear to have succumbed to weariness, and fallen into a deep sleep. Y/ayfarers returning late saw lights burning in the cottage at an advanced hour of the night. In the morning the neighbours came for the funeral, and found the house a heap of smouldering ruins. At some time in the night fire had broken out, and clasping the quick and dead in a fiery embrace, had reduced the dwelling and all it contained to smoking ashes. The body of the woman placed on a bed had been surrounded witii candles, and the natural surmise as to the cause of the accident is that some one of the watchers sleeping heavily close by the remains, disturbed one of the lights. The candle falling upon the bed of com- bustible material would originate the fire. The melancholy work of searching tor the bodies was at once begun. A few charred bones alone rewarded the labours of the friends of the victims.

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The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER…

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LOST IN THE BUSH.

A GOOD WORD FOR THE HOUSE…