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ITHE DEAD STATESMAN I

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I THE DEAD STATESMAN I (Continued from Page 2). 1 THE LAST DAY AT THE OASTLE. The body of Mr Gladstone was removed on Mon- day night from the death chamber to his library, "the Temple of Peaoe," where the villagers and their friends had the opportunity on Tuesday of taking a last look at the familiar features. The body was laid out upon a sort of bier, with a white base, in the centre of the room. The head was un- covered, and the body was clothed in an evening dress suit, though this was eatirely hidden by the crimson rubes of a D.O.L. of Oxford University. The body lay upon its bajk, and the hands were crossed loosely across the chest, as though in prayer. On his left side, near the kuee, reposed his collegiate cap and his feet were covered by a rioh piece of needlework received as a tribute from Armenians. Beneith the body was a handsomely embroidered pall used at the time of Archbishop Beason's funeral, bearing at the top, immediately beneath the deceased Stateman's bead, the worde, "Requiescat in pace." The books which Mr Gladstone lovel so well were arranged in tall bookcases arouad the apartment, and in front of these, rows of writing tables were placed to facilitate the work of the twenty artiste present. Except for the spase cleared in the centre the furniture of the room had bied disturbed as little as possible. Beneath one window fet jod Mr Glad- stone's well-known Homerio writing table, while beneath the other was the one on whioh he penned hIS political letters and effusions. The tables were praatically bare. On a high pedestal immediately adjoining the private table wai a bust ot Lord Beaconsfield, and there were to be seen plaster oasts and other little ornaments, which suggest life in the dim and solemn character, The Temple of Peace" faces the lawn, commanding a view of the old Oastle ruins, aud the head of the body lies in tuat direction. Throughout the day the villagers and friends were admitted to see the still figure to which the eyes of the world are now turned. The arrangements for admission from the Moor Lodge were in the ohaige of Supt. Ivor Davies and a cordon of Flintshire constabulary. The viewing of the body extended j from eleven o'clock in. the morning till eight at night, J and as the people filed through the room ia rapid succession many thousands must have seen it. In order to avoid inconvenience they made their exit through another door leading to the Oastle grounds, where the discussed in hushed bands the terrible event which had plunged the nation in mourning. REMOVAL OF THE BODY. Mr Gladstone's body wa3 conveyed from Hawarden Castle to the village church in the early hours of Wednesday morning, and from noon till well on in the evening a continuous stream of visitors from many parts passed through the saored edifice, taking a fare well glimpse of the coffia. It is estimated that thirty thousand persons passed through the Ohuroh during the day. In the evening the remains were conveyed to Broughton-ball Station for conveyance to London. The proceedings were of the most im- pressive oharacter, and were witnessed by immense f crowds of 1; .r-JW all parts of the country. During the passage from Hawarden Church to Broughton-hall Station the favourite hymns of Mr ) Gladstone were sung ainidct many evidenoes of deep emotion. "ONE TOUCH OF NATURE MAKES THE WHOLE WORLD KIN." Mrs Gladstone keeps very well, and went out for a drive on Tuesday afternoon, in the oourse of which she called upon and expressed her sympathy with the widow of a man who was killed in the colliery accident on Monday.

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