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THE AMERICAN CROPS.

THE STORY OF AN AFRICAN KING.

THE LATE KING OF THE BELGIANS.

FRENCH ORPHEONISTS -FROM FAR…

THE FATE OF DR. LIVINGSTONE.

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THE FATE OF DR. LIVINGSTONE. The Bombay Government (says the Times of India) has received despatches from Dr. Seward, the British Consul at Zanzibar, dated the 28th of April, in which the writer expresses hopes of Dr. Livingstone's safety. These despatches, copies of which have also been forwarded to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, have been placed at the disposal of the press. The news is of a month later date than had been previously received by Government, and although only of a negative character, is sufficient to revive the hope that the great traveller may still be alive. Writing under date of Zanzibar, April 28, Dr. Seward says:— I promised to send details of the conference held with the Fyassa traders at Keelwa Kivinja, concerning the alleged murder of Dr. Livingstone by the Mafiti in the Lake districts. I have witheld details perhaps too long, in the hope that some intelligence confir- matory of the confident unbelief expressed by the traders in the explorer's death might reach Keelwa and Zanzibar by the caravan which was then soon expected to reach the coast. The Governor of Keelwa had addressed a letter to the Sultan, in which he expresses himself confident that Dr. Livingstone is not dead, and ask his High- ness whether further inquiry in the interior is neces- sary. The following is a translation :—" The following will be grateful and pleasant to our Lord the great Majid Bin Saeed concerning the inquiry about the honoured English doctor who was said to have been murdered. That statement was not true we have news that he is alive, and that he some time since left the country of Makhsoona intending to go to Beesa. We were told this by the principal of those traders who have come down from those regions. This man, upon whose word and good faith I can rely, learned this from the chief of Makhsoona himself. Our in- formant left Makhsoona at the end of El Rajib (8th December, 1866). You intended us to send people into the interfor to get at the truth of the matter. Are we still to act upon those instructions? This intelligence goes to show that in or about the very district in which Dr. Livingstone's grave should be found, the man who of all men-Makhsoona him- self-should be the best informed of events, did not credit Dr. Livingstone's death, but believed him on the road to M'Beesa, and this down to the beginning of December, long after the Johanna men had reached the sea coast. The news of the explorer's arrival at Oompoonda flew through the Makhsoona district, and reached traders at widely divided and distant stations. News of his murder would have as surely spread, and either confirmation or disproof of the rumour would as surely have been obtained by the chief in those parts in the interval between the time of the alleged event and the first or second week in December.

AN EXCUSE FOR THE GLASS. --

THE WHITE NILE SLAVE TRADE.

THE OAKS COLLIERY EXPLOSION.

The BOYS on BOARD the "CHICHESTER."

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