THE LATE RIGHT HON. W. E. GLADSTONE. STATE FUNERAL IN WESTMINSTEB ABBEY. AN IMPRESSIVE CEREMONY. In accordance with the command of the Queen and in consonance with the request of both House: of Parliament, the remains of the Right Hon. Williarr Ewart Gladstone, who died at Hawarden Castle or the jnorning of Ascension Day, were given StatE Burid within the Northern Transept of the grand old Collegiate Church of St. Peter at Westminster on B&turday, May 28, amid the profound sorrow of a rut congregation representative in the fullest sense of all that is great and good in the land. ( SCENES AT WESTMINSTER. The morning had broken gloomily, but arounc Westminster Hall and the Abbey, by the time when Ordinary traffic was stopped by the authorities, a crowd had begun to collect of persons determined to obtain a post of vantage to witness the funeral pro- cession. Later the numbers largely increased, until the railings of New Palace-yard in Bridge-street became lined with spectators, and all the adjacent ■pace available to the general public was occupied. Strong bodies of police were drafted into the district from various parts of the metropolis. All the men were attired in their best uniforms, with white floves, and wore their Jubilee medals. So admirable were the police arrangements that no crush was experienced. All the roofs and windows of the surrounding buildings were filled with persons anxious to gain a glimpse of the arrival of the car- hages containing foreign Ambassadors and Ministers with their wives, and others who had been invited to tttend the ceremony. In New Palace-yard-where ft number of the tenantry and villagers from Hawar- len, who had arrived the previous day, stood under the trees, and were later to join in the procession- the scene was a most impressive one. By ten o'clock in the morning the Eton College volunteers, 350 itrong, had taken up position, the bells of all the shurches in the locality were tolling, and everyone was intently watching for the appearance of the lortige from Westminster Hall. 1ST THE GREAT IIALL. In the great Hall of Rufus at Westminster Hall, where the last night vigil had been maintained wound thecoffin of the illustrious dead, the central barriers erected for the lying in State had been re- moved, and soon after nine o'clock members of Par- liament and their friends began to assemble. Inside the Hall were to be seen the Rev. Stephen Gladstone, the Rev. Harry Drew, Dr. Dobie, the Bishop of Rochester, and the Dean of Lincoln, while Sir H. Campbell-Bannerman, Lord E. Fitzmaurice, Mr. Stuart Wortley, and Mr. John Burns and other familiar senators were also noticeable. In the adjoining House of Commons there was a large assembly of members, prominent among them being the Home Secretary, the Attorney-General, Lord Hugh Cecil, Sir Henry Fowler, Mr. T. P. O'Connor, Mr. Blake, and representatives of other sections. The scene in the Legislative Chamber became very animated about ten o'clock. The majority of the Ministers had arrived, including Mr. Chamberlain, the Home Secretary, the Secretary for India, Mr. Ritchie and others; while the ex- Ministers were headed by Sir W. Harcourt, Mr. J. Morley, and Sir H. Campbell Bannerman. Members of all sections of the House were in deep mourning. The Speaker, attired in full dress robes, entered the House of Commons shortly after ten, and a few minutes later, preceded by the Sergeant-at-Arms carrying the mace and followed by three clerks, proceeded to Westminster Hall. The procession of members was headed by the well-known figure of the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the veteran Sir John Mowbray. Then came the Secretary for the Colonies and the Home Secretary, next Sir William Harcourt and Sir Charles Dilke. The Peers began to assemble in their Chamber at a quarter to nine. The Lord Chancellor took his iieat on the Woolsack, and the House was opened after prayers, by which time there was a very full attendance, including 12 Bishops. At half-past ten the Lord Chancellor directed their lordships to form in line of fours, the Archbishop of York to follow him, and the peers to succeed in order of precedence. The procession left the House a quarter to eleven. Inside Westminster Hall a conspicuous group at this time were most of the members of Mr. Gladstone's last Ministry, who had walked down the Engway from the St. Stephen's end of the Hall and ey were joined by a number of members of the 'Corps Diplomatique, Baron de Staal noticeable among them. A few minutes later the deputation t,om Hawarden came into the hall, where presently they were joined by Mr. Herbert Gladstone. Lord Salisbury, accompanied by the Right Ron. A. J. Balfour soon after passed in. Just later the Prince of Wales followed, with the Duke of York the head of the procession—or rather that part of it composed of members of the House of Commons—made its way with solemn steps and plow down the middle of the Hall, led by Inspector Horsley. Now the oaken coffin, which had hitherto remained on the catafalque untouched, was prepared for removal by a number of attendants. As soon as the pall bearers were in position, the Bishop of London, standing behind the coffin, offered prayer, in which hearty thanks were given to Almighty God for the life of His servant, William Ewart Gladstone, whom He has been pleased to call from the troubles and toils of this world to the realms of eternal rest; adding, and grant as we commit his body to the ground, that our hearts and minds may be so moved by his long and manifold labours for the service of mankind, his country, and his Qneen, that we fail not to learn the lessons which fhon ever teachest Thy faithful people by the lives of those who love and serve Thee." THE PROCESSION. The Earl Marshal of England gave the sign for the coffin to be lifted. Eight stalwart men bore the heavy burden on their shoulders, and the chaste white gold-broidered pall having been placed over it, lie supporters took the places, on the right being the Prince of Wales, the Marquis of Salisbury, Mr. Balfour, the Duke of Rutland, Lord Rendel; and on the left the Duke of York, Earl of Kimberley, Sir W. Harcourt, the Earl of Rosebery, and Mr. G. Armitstead. The procession then moved on, Garter Principal King of Arms (represented byNorroy King lif Arms, bearing a white baton with gold ornamenta- tion) fell in behind, and then the mourners, first of whom walked the Rev. Stephen Gladstone. Behind him came Master W. G. C. Gladstone (the heir to the estate), Mr. Henry Gladstone and Mr. Herbert Gladstone, Rev. H. Drew, Masters Albert, Charles and Deiniol Gladstone, and other relatives of the deceased statesman. The rest of the procession was made up with the private secretaries of the de- Ceased, the servants, and the deputation from Hawarden. Slowly they passed into Palace-yard. Here the coffin was brought to the wheeled bier, drawn by two bay horses, and attended by liveried grooms. Solemn stillness prevailed as the cortege emerged from the gateway of Palace-yard and passed onward to the Abbey. Slowly it proceeded down St. Margareatreet, across Parliament-square, and by way of the Broad Sanctuary, and within a few minutes it had disappeared within the great west door of the ptately fane. Here follows, in official form, the complete order of the historic procession: Rouge Dragon Portcullis Pursuivant of Arms. Pursuivant of Arms. The House of Commons, in lines of four. Bluemantle Rouge Croix Pursuivant of Arm. Pursuivant of Arms. Privy Councillors not being members of either House cf Parliament, and exclusive of members of the last Ministry. Windsor Herald. Richmond Herald. The House of Lords (Exclusive of members of the late Ministry). Somerset Herald. York Hei-ald. Members of the late Ministry. Lancaster Herald. Clarenceux King of Arms. Representatives of Royal Personages (Foreign). Sir Robert Collins, K.C.B. (Representing her Royal Highness the Duchess 01 Albany). Colonel A. Collins, M.Y.O. (Representing her Royal Highness the Princess Louise, Marchioness of Lome). The Lord Monson, C.V.O. (Representing their- Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha). Representatives of Foreign Sovereigns. Hit Royal Highness Prince Christian of Schleswig. Holstein K.G. Hi8 Royal Highness the His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge, K.G. Duke of Connaught, K.G. (Preceded by the Equerries to the Princes of the Blood Royal). The Earl of Pembroke, G.C.V.O. (Representing her Majesty the Queen). 1:0 The Earl Marshal. Supporters of the Pall. George Armitstead, Esq. The Earl of Rosebery, K.G. The Right Hon. Sir Wil- liamVernon Harcourt. The Earl of Kimberley, X.G. His Royal Highness the Duke of York, K.G. THE COFFIN. Supporters of the Pall. I ord Rendel. The Duke of Rutland, K.G. The Right Hon. Arthur James Balfour. The Marquis of Salis- bury, K.G. His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, K.G. Garter Principal King of Arms. (Represented by Norroy King of Arms). The Chief Mourner. The Relations and Private Friends of the Deceased, and Private Secretaries to the deceased during his late tenure of office as Prime Minister: Lord Welby, Sir Algernon West, Sir W. B. Gurdon, Sir Edward Hamilton, the Hon. Spencer Lyttelton, Sir Arthur Godley, Mr. Horace Seymour, Mr. Henry Primrose, Sir James Carmichael, Mr. George Leveson Gower, Mr. George Murray, and Mr. H. Shand. The Physicians to the Deceased. Servants of the Deceased. Deputation from Hawarden. The members of the Heralds' College who mar- shalled the procession all wore plain morning dress, their office and rank being only indicated by the wands they carried. INBmB TUB ABBBT. All the doors of the Abbey which had been desig- nated as entrances for the holders of tickets of ad- mission were thrown open by half-past eight in the morning, ._Slowly at first the mourners not having part in the procession filed into their places. All were attired in sombre black, save one or two ladies who had a touch of white in hat or bonnet, and a few very conspicuous notabilities whose robes of office, vestments, or head-dress carried colour, At half- past nine o'clock the seats which lined either side of the nave were crowded; while in the galleries 50 feet aloft hundreds of worshippers found places. At five minutes to ten the great West Door had been thrown open, and the State coaches of the Lord Mayor of London and the Sheriffs of the City had slowly drawn up, The City Remembrancer headed the procession, followed by Sheriffs Dewar and Frank Green in their robes of office. The Lord Mayor, attended by his chaplain and mace-bearer, wore a black robe, over which were placed his gold chains of office. They proceeded to their albttt d places, as did also the i ord Provost of Edinburgh and the Lord Mayor of Dublin. Sir Henry Irving, Sir Squire and Lady Bmcroft, Sir W. B. Richmond, R.A., and many other distinguished people found the seats reserved for vhem in due course. Meanwhilb the muffled bell of tile Abbey tower had begun to toll in mournful numbers. Scarcely had the sound of the passing- bell been heird before the members of the choir were =een to be moving from their vestry into the centre of the nave. The boys of theehoir wore their elaborate crimson-and-gold surplices, other choirs were dressed in purple, and yet others in black. They formed up into single file on either side of the nave. Beside the door were six Westminster Abbey alms- men, all old sailors or soldiers, wearing their quaint blue gowns. After the choristers came the clergy, who emerged from the Robing Room hard by and took their places on the side of the nave which had been appropriated to them. At their head stood the Archbishop of Canterbury, opposite to whom was the Dean of Westminster, while arranged on the other side were the Canons Residentiary and Minor of the Abbey, who were reinforced by three of their old colleagues in the persons of the Venerable Bishop of Durham (Dr. Wfestcott), Bishop Barry, and the Dean of Canterbury. XRS. GLADSTONE'S ARRIVAL. At a quarter past ten a carriage quietly drew up at the West Door, and before the officer in command of the Eton volunteers had time to call his boys to attention Mrs. Gladstone's face was seen at the car- riage window. All hats were lifted in silent sym- pathy. The venerable lady looked worn and pale; she was dressed in black, but there was no super- abundance of crepe, and leaning on the arm of her son, the congregation all rising, she moved slowly into the Abbey, followed by other lady members of the family, including little Dorothy Drew, whose golden hair showed bright upon her black frock and tiny cloak. THE TWO PRINCESSES. Just about half-past ten there was another stir among the youthful guard; they were called to atten- tion, and got the order, Royal Salute—Present Arms, and up drove a Royal carriage, its drivers in sober black in place of the usual scarlet. The Princess of Wales alighted, dressed all in black, with a long thin veil. With the Princess were the Duchess of York and Miss Knowles; they were con- ducted along the choir, past the standing people to the Dean's pew. FUNERAL MUSIC. Now the sound of mournful .nusic turned atten- tion to the east end of the Abbey, where high above the congregation four trombones were sounding out Beethoven's most exquisite and touching Funeral- Equale. This was followed by Schnbert'i Funeral March in B minor—again a piece of musical execu- tion of the most splendid order, for the organ, was assisted by orchestral accompaniment. While Sir John Bridge, however, was in the organ loft the choir was still standing in the aisle, and the clergy were awaiting the entry of the marshalled Pro- cession. THE PROCESSION ENTERS. Inspector Horsley now gave the signal that the House of Commons had arrived. Members of the front Opposition bench were necessarily absent from this portion of the ceremony, for they had to come later in a body by themselves as Mr. Gladstone's last Administration. The attendance of members was, however, so large that it took a long while to get into position, and all. the more familiar representatives of the people were readily recognised as they passed along. Next down the Nave came a goodly gathering of peers moving reverently to their places. Then fol- lowed the members of Mr. Gladstone's last Govern- mentandtherepresentativesof foreignSovereigns. Next came the Duke of Connaught, the Duke of Cam- bridge, and Prince Christian, and immediately after them Lord Pembroke as the special representative of the Queen. All these groups passed solemnly within the choir railings, the organ and orchestra playing the while the moving music of Beethoven's Funeral March in A flat Minor. The coffin was now at the door, and all eyes were eagerly turned thitherward. The Archbishop, the Dean, and the Sub-Dean moved to the open portal, the other clergy and the choristers formed fours, all turned eastward, and after the open- ing sentence of the solemn Service, I am the Resurrection and the Life, saith the Lord," had been repeated by the Dean, the choir took up the refrain, and that and the other sentences were sung to Dr. Croft's music as the coffin was carried to the choir gates, the pall-bearers being ranged on either side. There was abundant evidence of the deep feeling which had been aroused in the minds of this distinguished group, and not the least visibly affected were Sir William Harcourt and Lord Salisbury. Following the coffin was the Bishop of London. It was well-nigh a quarter of an hour after the coffin entered the west door before it had been deposited on the trestles under the lantern and the family and private mourners had been seated in the places reserved for them. THE LESSON. The mourners settled, the 90th Psalm was chanted to a tuno by Purcell, and then the Dean read with' great feeling the lesson which has on so many occa- sion conveyed words of hope and comfort to the afflicted. There seemed to be a special significance in his utterance of the sublime sentence, 0, Death, where is thy sting ? Oh, Grave, where is thy victory ?" which went to the hearts of all present. A PATHETIC SCENE. Gladstone's favourite hymns, Rock of Ages an Praise to the Holiest," were now sung in unison, the last while the bearers took up the coffin and passed to the grave in the North Transept, the flaon efs and the pall-bearers following in proces- sion. It WM a moment of profound emotion,-as the wife and helpmate for nearly 60 years moved with her sons to the dark cloth covered dais raised round' what was to be the last earthly resting place of the distinguished statesman, while the "hymn which had been his special consolation during the final months' of pain: resounded through the Abbey walls. Mrs. Gladstone took her seat at the head of the grave, the Prince of Wales stood at the opposite end with Lord Salisbury and Mr. Balfour close behind him. Oil the north side were the Duke of York, tOn. R6sebery, and Sir William Harcourt. The coffin, which was already placed in position for committal, was now stripped of the pall, and the brass cross and the name plate at the foot becatiM visible. The inscription was I WILLIAM EWART GLADSTONE, Born December 29, 1809, Entered into Rest May 19,1898, Being Ascension Day. Hard by the grave, upon which the adjacent effigy of the late Lord Beaconsfield seemed to look directly down, stood Earl Spencer, Mr. John Morley, Sir H, H. Fowler, and most of the members of the late Government. All were deeply moved as the coffin was lowered into tkagrave,sita thewordsof the com- mittal were recited by the Dean, followed by rendering of I heard a voice from Heaven," sung with sur- passing sweetness by the boys of the choir. The Shorter Litany was chanted, and then came the fi nal prayers said by the Archbishop. Another anthem, "Their bodies are buried in peace, but their name liveth for evermore," and Archbishop Temple, in a voice trembling with emolion, and yet. resonant, with power, gave the Grace over the open grave of his old friend. Stainer's Sevenfold Amen followed the Grace, and then the hymn, 0 God, or help in ages past," was sung, the congregation again joining in- as with one mighty; voice, the family remaining kneeling by the open grave. PROCLAIMING THE BTYTE OF TFTE DEPARTED. The Service proper being concluded it remained for Norroy King of Arms, acting for Garter King (Sir Albert Woodsr), who was too oU to attend, to proclaim the style and. title of the departed f irl'l asmuch as it hath pleased God to take out 6f th. life the Right fion. William Ewart Gladstone, one of her Majesty's most honourable Privy Councillors, some time First Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, Lord Privy Seal, Chancellor and other Treasurers of the Exchequer, her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for the Colonies, President of the Board of Trade, and Lord High Commissioner Extraordinary for ihe Ionian Islands." The heraldic official (lien broke his wand of office, according to precedent, cast- ing the fragments into the open grave. WORDS OF COMPORT FOR THE BEREAVED. While the great organ was rendering Handel s Dead March from Saul those dearest to the dead man stepped forward and peered into the grave. It tvas a tense and touching moment. Mrs. Gladstone, standing between her two supporters, gazed for a long time at that deep opening in the dark-carpeted floor. When she again toother seat the Prince of Wales moved gently towards her and saluted her outstretched f hand. Lord Salisbury followed, and with bowed head seemed trying to relieve her sorrow. Then he, too, took a lor.g look at the grave. Following the Prime Minister were the Duke of Yurk.: the Duke:of'Rut- land, the Earl of Pembroke, Mr. Balfour, and many more of the montners, Next, still supported by Mr. Henry and Mr. Herbert Gladstone, the grief- stricken widow turned sobbing from the grave. As Mrs. Gladstone passed by where stood the Princess of Wales and the Duchess of York, each spoke to her words of comfort. While still the organ trembled and thundered, the great gathering of t.he people turned their faces homeward, profoundly im- pressed with the solemn scene. OTHER MEMORIAL SERVICES. Memorial Services were held simultaneously with the grandly simple Ceremonial in the Abbey at many other Churches in London, the Provinces, and abroad; and numerous Funeral sermons on the occasion were preached on Sunday. MRS. GLADSTONE'S RETURN HOME. Naturally there were many callers at the residence of Lady Frederick Cavendish in Carlton House-ter- race after the funeral to offer their respectful sym- pathy and condolences to Mrs. Gladstone. A notice affixed to the front door intithated that Mrs. Glad- stone would see no visitors, and must be undisturbed. It was added that the lady was well in health. At about 4.30 Mrs. Gladstone drove to Euston to catch the five o'clock train to Chester, and her appearance then bore out the above notice. A number of friends went to see her off, and she had for travelling companions a large partv of relatives and Hawarden friends. THE QUEEN'S SYMPATHY. With her usual graceful tact and delicate considqpeQt tion for the feelinga of those who mourn, the Queeo I has sent to Mrs. Gladstone a tender and affectionate message, which will be found below. As one who; has herself known what it is to lose a deeply-beloved husband, h-, Majesty tells the widow how keenly she is conscious of the sorrow of those near and dear to the dead statesman's heart, and how warmly she sym- pathises with them in their supreme loss. Much grati- fication is to be found in the respect and regret of the nation and- the abiding sense of the nobility of that life which has passed away; nor will it be the least of Mrs. Gladstone's consolations that the Queen expresses such grateful remembrance of her husband's devotion and zeal. On Saturday the Queen sent the following telegram from Balmoral to Mrs. Gladstone at 21, Carltoii House-terrace, S.W., the residence of Lady Frederick Cavendish 'To Mrs. Gladstone, 21, Carlton Honse-terrace, London. My thoughts are much with you to-day, when four dear husband is laid to rest. To-day's ceremony will be most trying and pain- ful for you, but it will be, at the same time, gratifying to you to see the respect and regret evinced by the nation for the memory of one whose character and intellectual abilities marked him as one of the most distinguished statesmen of my reign. I shall ever gratefully remember his devotion and eal in all that concerned my personal welfare and that of my family. VICT-bitl,&, R.I." HISTORIAN'S TRIBUTE. Mr. Bryce, M.P., speaking on Whit-Monday at a el great meeting in Aberdeen, representative of all shades of political opinion, described Mr. Glad- stone's career as without parallel for its length of public service. The right hon. gentleman was great —consistently great-in all the circumstances of life, in retirement no less than in power, in his decline as in the meridian of his strength. It was hard to single out the salient fe&turea of a character so rich and so varied in its gifts and attributes. His courage was splendid and unfailing. Of him we might say as Regent Morton said of John Knox, Here lies one who never feared the face of man." He was sometimes impetuous, especially in debate; he was usually cautious and wary; but whether impetuous or Nvary he was always brave. No one ever saw him dismayed by any danger or afraid to face any hostile odds. The difficulty of an enterprise seemed rather to stimulate him to put forth his utmost force to achieve his purpose. Never was he haunted by any of those fears fat iiis own reputation, any of those anxieties as to pos- sible misconstruction of his actions which affirightened ordinary men. His own lofty spirit was to him a sufficient source of strength. His love of freedom grew with his growth. It was 9 part of his faith in human nature, and that again was part of his faith in God, whose providential govern- uent of the world was directly, constantly, and yividly realised by him as it was by few. His imagination did not flow in the channel of x>etical composition. Indeed, he was from his boy. aood far too much absorbed in practical matters, and Df far too argumentative a turn to have the repose of mind that was essential to the poet. But it vivified his thoughts and clothed his oratory with colour. It widened his vision; it enabled him to present abstract principles in concrete form; it was the lource of his unique and extraordinary gift of raising ii question to a higher level than that on which others had discussed it. That which gave his eloquence its moving powei was the impression he conveyed that what he said was felt by him as a living reality, touching his 0\Vn emotions and as vividly present to his mind as were his own emotions to the mind of a poet. His ideals for the nation rested on three thiligfi- I freedom, religion, and the purity of family life, and the hold on the respect and affection of the British-race all over the world, which the last few weeks had shown that he so fully enjoyed, was due not merely to admiration for his gifts, but to the sense that he cherished these ideals and brought a pm-o and lofty spirit to the service of his country.
THE new Victoria postal scale i» a great im- provement on the old method of weighing letters and parcels. There are no, calculations or references to postage rates to make; as the machine indicates both the weight of the letter or parcel and the postage which it requires. Another great advantage of the. machine is that there are no weights to lie about and vet lost.
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LOUGHTON LAlDY'S EXHAUSTING TRAIN RIDE. Inhabitants of Buckhurst-hill and Loughton, r, Essex, have been commenting a good deal lately on the strange circumstances attending the adventures •fa Miss Busbridge, residing in Alfred-road, Buck- hurst-hill. A reporter on the local paper (the Jjoughton Advertiser) has obtained a lucid statement of the case from the young lady herself, and the fol- lowing facts are quoted from his report: ■jjdiss Busbridge, a tall, good-looking young lady of 25 years, stated that she had been ill for two weary years, and had been taken up and down to London hospitals till she had wished at last to be Carried instead to her grave. Five different medical men gave up her case as hopeless, for Miss Bus- bridge's lungs were seriously affected. One of them had almost gone, >and the other was affected..The symptoms pointed unmistakably to consumption; blood-spitting, night sweate, giddiness, headache, ihirst and general weakness of limbs, together with want of interest in anything. She was sent to Devonport for a time, but came back worse, and was literally wasting away. The sight of this helpless girl being lifted out of the train had interested the Ideal public, who saw that the end was not far off. When matters had assumed their worst form, so that life hung merely on a thread, Miss Busbridge's sister was recommended to get a box of Dr. Williams' Pink Pills for Pale People. The dying girl laughed, but took a box merely to please her sister. The first dose did me good," said Miss Busbridge, and having proved their value, and knowing that consumption is abt to becured in a day, she took the Pills regularly. 31x months afterwards she astonished the neighbours by walking out alone, and came home giving people fresh surprises by stepping out of the train unaided. In that period Miss Busbridge gained thirty pounds in weight, and as the reporter departed, her father itated that he hoped to have his daughter for many years to come." Miss Busbridge is not the only consumptive that aas been cured by Dr. Williams' Pink Pills, after ioctors have done their best, and failed these pills oave also cured many thousands of cases of inasinia, rheumatism, chronic erysipelas, bron- hitis, and eczema. They are also a splendid aerve and spinal tonic, and have thus cured many jases of paralysis, locomotor ataxy, neuralgia, 3t. Vitus' dance, and nervous headache. They are now obtainable of all chemists, and from Dr. Williams' Medicine Company, Holborn-viaduct, London, at 2s. 9d. a box, or six for 13s. 9d., but are renuine only with full name, Dr. Williams' Pink Pills for Pale People. The latter point is im- portant to be observed-, there are many worthless Imitations sold as "pink pills," without the name Dr. Williams, which distinguishes the only really curative pills.
SHASHI'S BACK DOOR. Acting-Consul W. T: Clennell, writing to the Foreign Office on the trade of the Shashi, says those who have been enthusiastic in urging the opening of Shashi as a likely centre for import trade in the hands of foreigners seem to have overlooked the some- what obvious consideration that the town has a back door," being in ready communication with Hankow by several canals. The principal canal, called at its Shashi end the Pen Ho, affords advantages to the Chinese importer which steamers cannot for a long time hope to rival. Canal junks may be hired or chartered any day. They await the convenience of the shipper instead of obliging- him to ship at times which may not suit him. They remain at his dis- posal for whatever period he bargains for. They are sufficiently numerous for competition to keep down freights. Although, the time they occupy on the journey varies from four orjve .dftysto 10 days or more. there is no hardship at a port where there is sometimes no steamer for a week. I have known the junk journey take a few hours over three days, so that a favourable canal journey takes less time than an unfavourable steamer journey. -Freights are light, and although the shipper has to run the gauntlet of several taxing stations, their levies do not suffice to make him alter bis established practice. As junks may be detained on arrival at their destination where a steamer would probably be turned round at once he saves in go-down hire. The canal, moreover, is shorter than the river by some 60 or 70 miles, and is comparatively free from the dangers and delays to navigation caused by the varying conditions of steam and weather upon the Yangtze. Add to these con- siderations the'inveterate conservatism of the Chinese, and the reason why the canal route is preferred be- comes sufficiently obvious. As a matter of fact foreign goods are very largely sold in Shashi. Statis- tics are unobtainable, but a walk through the main streets will show a host of small Japanese cotton goods and fancy articles, Staffordshire pottery, Shef- field, German, and American cutlery, English candles, French and English soap, English, Japanese, and Italian umbrellas, preserves, sweets, condiments tinned milk, fruits, and sauces, English rugs and blankets (worth many times the 100 Haikwan taels entered in the customs returns), Japanese and other lamps, German, American, and other clocks and watches (in at least a dozen shops), coloured wool, medicines, spirits of wine, santonine tablets, cigars, And a little foreign smoking tobacco (bird's eye). The chief dealers in such goods are Cantonese shop- keepers, most of them not long established in the town. As will have been already inferred, the native goods brought by canal far exceeds in value and quantity, those of foreign origin.
A WORLD'S BENEFACTOR. Sweden has lost a philanthropist of whom it may be said that his monument is the world. August Abramson, who has just died, may almost be described as the patentee of the idea of manual edu- cation. He was the son of a poor hawker of Gothen- burg, and had to shoulder the pack himself at 14 vears of age. He carried for years—from house to house and from town to town—and gradually he became a rich man. But though wealthy he was cne i. of the people, and used his money for their welfare. He purchased an estate at Naeaes, built there a normal school for the training of teachers in manual trades for the elementary schools, rebuilt at his own cost, and more commodiously, the cottages of all the labouring people in the district, and placed their methods of husbandry on a better basis. But his heart was in the schools of the people, and in them his greatest work-was achieved. After founding his training school for trade teaching, he set up schools in which the teachers might demonstrate the capabi- lities of the method among working children. And his reward has been great. For 20 years now the teachers' school at Naeaes has been a veritable educa- tional Mecca of pilgrimage, teachers of both sexes re- sorting thither in large numbers every year from every country in the world. The system of scholars' workshops ha« spread to more than 1000, schools in Sweden, it is established in nearly every country in Europe, and it flourishes in America and Japan. M. Abramson has bequeathed the Naeaes domain and schools to the nation, for whose benefit they were established, together with a legacy of £ 20,000 for their maintenance.
THE gold medal awarded annually by the Royal Asiatic Society to distinguished scholars for the boo), in the English language most calculated to advance the study of Oriental languages, has been conferred upon Professor Cowell by Lord Reay, president of the society. SOME of the delicate instruments in the Toronto Magnetic Observatory, intended to measure fluctua- tions in the earth's magnetism, have been greatly disturbed by the electric currents flowing through the earth from the adjacent trolley lines. Accord- ingly, these instruments are to be removed to a point nine miles from the city, and two miles from any possible trolley, route. THAT wicked flea kept me awake alf night, simply because I forgot to get a tin of Keating's Powder," the unrivalled Killer of Fleas, Beetles, Moths, which is sold everywhere in 3d., 6d., and Is. tins. Harmless to everything but Insects. See the signature of Thomas Keating on outside label.
AN OLD SWINDLE REVIVED. One of the oldest and most attractive and probably most successful swindles known to the police autho- r;t:cs. says the lYfW York Times, has again come to the s'.a-face, haying been brought to the attention, of Anthony Comstock, president of the Society for the Prevention of Crime. It is known as the "Spanish prisoner "game, and has been in operation inoret.han: gO years. As it is worked in two countries the detec- tioti and punishment of the operators arc practically impossible, especially as the victims rarely complain. Nobody knows how many people have been cheated nor many thousands of dollars have been sent from this country in pursuit of the buried. fortune that is always the bait. Officials here have some- times thought that somebody in authority in ihe French. Spanish, and South American cities from which the swindle is managed is in collusion with the swindlers, who seem to have a well-organised and thoroughly established system, and against whom no proceedings arc ever taken. The method now in use follows that adopted when the swindle was begun so closely as to indicate that it is and has been successful. A man in this country receives a letter from a foreign city. Havana used to beia favourite place, but it is not used now, probably because communica- tion with it is so frequent and easy. The letter is written on thin, blue, cross-lined paper, such as is used for foreign letters, and is written as fairly well- educated foreigners write English, with a word mis- spelled -Jiero and there, and an occasional foreign idiom. The writer is always in gaol because of some political offence. He always has some large sum of money. hid, and is invariably anxious that it should be recovered and used to take care of his young and helpless daughter by some honest man. He knows of the prudence and good character of the re- cipient of the letter through a mutual friend, whom he does not mention for reasons of caution, and appeals to him in time of extremity for help. He is willing to give one-third of the concealed fortune to (he man who will recover it, remove the daughter to this country, and see that what is left is managed for her benefit. On February 21 Mr. Comstock, having secured one of these letters signed by ex-Capt. Juan I>asanta, of Barcelona, Spain, had a fraud notico issued against the address and wrote the Barcelona postmaster, who replied, in his innocent foreign way, that, lie believed ex-Capt. Basanta to be a humbug and a robber. The captain seems to have been promptly informed of what had been done, for he immediately made changes in his name and tactics. The last specimen of the bait that has come into Mr. hands is dated Barcelona, February 23. It is addressed to a well-known railroad man in a New Jersey village, and is signed D. Santiago de Qchoa. It gives a long account of the writer's mis- fortunes, caused by his having deserted the Spanish Army at the order of the Republican conspirators with whom he was associated, and says he has been sentenced to 15 years on the Isle of Cuba." While he was in this country he buried in a secluded place near the home of the recipient 650,000fr. about 130,000dol., in French bank notes, and has a diagram and the measurements showing the exact spot concealed in a false bottom in his trunk. His daughter and trunk, however, are held by a hard-hearted boarding school mistress for board, The man who is to get the treasure is asked, there- fore, to send money enough to get the daughter and trunk out of pawn. If he is willing to undertake the enterprise he is to cable to Alejandro Gonzalez, Valencia, Spain, who is described as an old and faithful servant of Japt. Ochoa. A fake clipping from a Spanish newspaper giving a brief account of Capt. Ochoa's trial and sentence is appendectto the letter. The use of the cable and the location of the buried treasure near the home of the recipient of the letter are new features. The swindle used to be worked entirely by mail, and the treasure was always on some convenient island or somewhere in Florida.
HEADMASTER'S HUMOUR. It was told of the late Dr. Kennedy, that one da, on his way to school (observes a. writer in the Corn- hill Magazine) he discovered to his cost that some- one had been sliding down the bannisters with muddj boots. The great doctor thereupon burst into the nearest form-room holding aloft his soiled fingers, and demanded the name of the culprit. One small boy delivered himself up, but the doctor, not yet appeased, asked if anyone else had had a hand in it. Please, sir, you," was the audacious response frora the small boy; but instead of being swallowed he was treated to a short lecture, on obsolete metaphors, and escaped chastisement Pathos had less effect. One day hearing a noise in the library, a forbidden room, the great doctor hurried to the spot A tragic spectacle met his view. A boy lay apparently lifeless on the floor with the ladder across him and an enormous volume on either side. For a moment the man overcame the headmaster, and he exclaimed. My God, how terrible I" However, at that moment the boy opened an eye, a sign of life which at once recalled the headmaster to himself, and caused him to shout, "Boy, I'll flog you!'—whicb indeed actually occurred. In the same spirit an old Eton cleric lecturing in hall on "The pure in heart," finished with a spasmodic climaj peculiar to his style, in these words, "and ii you're not pure in heart, I'll flog you." It is not unnatural that jests should centre round the subject of chastisement. Contrast is a first necessity foi successful humour, and, until corporal punishment is abolished, the headmaster will continue to hold this further advantage over other jesters, that the requisite tragic background will always be provided by the terror of his pupils. How impossible it would be to forget a joke that was, so to speak, branded intc you with a vigorous cane Old Dr. Keate knew that he was handing down his pun to posterity, if the word be allowed, when he said severely to somt victim who showed undue restlessness under the im- pending blow, Sir, you seem to remember that aI this game I cut and you shuffle I"
TO THE SOUTH POLE. The final arrangements for Mr. Borckgrevink'< Antarctic expedition are now practically completed and he will shortly leave for Australia and South Victoria Land. Just prior to his departure for Norway, whenco the explorer is going to bring his ship to London, Mr. Borckgrevink gave to Reuter's representative the following further details of hie arrangements: I am now going to Norway," he said, to settle a few final details in connection with the expedition. Our ship, the Southern Cross, is now having her engines put in at Fredcrikstad, and will be in the Thames next month. She is a barque with an auxiliary screw, fitted with triple ex- pansion engines of 400 horse power, and has a speed of nine knots. She has been designed by Colin Archer, the builder -of the Fram, and has been specially constructed with a view to withstanding ice pressure. She has 10ft. of solid oak at her bows, and at her weakest points is 32in. in thickness. Over all, she is sheathed with three inches of American greenheart—a wood which never splits, and is very hard and slippery, a valuable property if the ship i, nipped in the ice. The Southern Cross will fly thf British flag, and will leave London in July, with the expedition for the Antarctic. We do not expect to return to London until 1900."
j TRANSVAAL CATTLE THIEVES. By way of varying the eternal monotony of gold- stealing and liquor-running, the cattle-thief has lately shown, unwonted activity in the neighbourhood of Johannesburg. During the- last few days more than 80 oxen have been stolen from farms adjacent to the town. Thefts have taken place at Roodepoort Braamfontein, and at Booysens. Sixteen oxen have latterly been stolen from the farm of Mr. Geldenhuia, the Second Raad member for Johannesburg. Not the slightest trace of the culprits has been obtained. It is surmised that the animals have been slaughtered and disposed of, care being taken to bury or other- wise do away with the hides.
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CHIEF INSPECTOR BURKE, of the E Division (Bow- street) of the Metropolitan Police, and Sub-Divi- sional Inspector Russell, of the P Division (Camber- well) have just retired frpm the force after 25 years' service on full pension. THE Durham miners have been granted an advance of wages of 2b per cent, on the basis of rates under the us>xal conditions, and also a temporary advance of 2 per cent. on the basis of rates for six pay-days.
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r- I AUTO-CAR VICTIMS. Power traction and propulsion is much more common on the Continent than in England and many are the deaths it causes on the public roads. Between auto-cars and bicycles the weekly list of disasters of a serious nature, including fatal cases, would I fill columns. The most sensational last week was thsvt which occurred at the feriguenx competition. The Marquis de Montaignac was racing at the rate of 28 kilometres per hour, when he jeopardised a neighbouring machine. Looking back to see what damage he had done he let his own car run over an embankment. Besides himself there were his driver and his valet. All were badly crushed, the marquis fataHy. He lay but a short time in the hospital till death relieved him. It is hoped the other two may be saved. The jury on the race have issued a report in which the unfortunate victim is charged with want of care, in which quality he was judged to be deficient on former similar occasions.
IT is pointed out that at the funeral of the Due de Bassano, which took place in Paris the other day, few of the titles conferred by Napoleon 1. were repre- sented. Most of these have now ceased to exist. The dukedoms of Dantzig, Vicenza, Cambaceres, Friuh, Istria, Padua, and others, have now passed away. A strange fatality seems to have pursued the work of Europe's Scourge, even in the matter of its creations." ——————-„,