THE DEAD KING. The Nation's Sorrow. THE FATAL ILLNESS. FULL STATEMENT BY THE ROYAL PHYSICIANS. The et'mJr of the Lancet has received from the late King's physicians the following authorised report of the last illness of his Majesty The brief illness of the King and its rapid and fatal termination can only be understood after reference to his physical condition as a whole, when the sequence of events becomes clear. His Majesty had for some years suf- fered from emphysema. with an attendant bronchial catarrh, the signs of which were permanently present at the bases of the lungs. On several occasions digestive disturbances and other symptoms had caused his medical attendants to realise that his Majesty no longer had the reserve of constitutional power which stood him in such splendid stead after his serious üIration in 1902, and that any in- tercurrent catarrhal or bronchitic attack of a severe kind would at once call upon both heart and lungs for their fullest effort. It must here be said that those around him knew how earnestly concerned he was at the pre- sent strained position of political affairs, and this fact should not be lost sight of in an all- round consideration of the King's health. HEART ATTACK IN PARIS. On March 7th, it will be remembered, his Majesty started for Biarritz, to obtain a little leisure from these anxieties. He had re- ceived some months previously a vaccination treatment which it was hoped would secure him for some time from catarrhal attacks. He broke the journey in Paris, and on the first night there had a severe attack of acute indi- gestion with subsequent dyspnoea and con- siderable cardiac distress. The symptoms had arisen out of exertion, and yielded promptly to treatment. The next day his Majesty ex- changed visits with President Fallieres and fulfilled his ordinary social engagements. But on arrival at Biarritz it became clear that he had contracted a chill, which developed into a regular bronchitic attack, the raised tem- perature, accelerated pulse and respiration, and the physical signs in the chest occasion- ing his physician no little anxiety. The attack lasted ten days, during several of which he was confined to his bed, but the symptoms passed off, and for the rast of his visit his Majesty led his usual life, making excursions, and entertaining quietly. FRESH CHILL AT SANDRINGHAM. His Majesty came back from Biarritz on Wednesday, April 27th, better in every way, and at once took up the thread of his very full life. On Saturday, April 30th, he went down to Sandringham, feeling a little unwell, and on Sunday, after attending service, he spent a long day looking at some extensive new planting and gardening alterations, with the result that a fresh chill, was contracted. On Monday. May 2nd, he returned to London in very cold weather, feeling somewhat chilly and out of sorts. H, however, fulfilled a social engagement to dinner. That evening, on returning from dinner, "his Majesty was seen by one of his physicians, who found him complaining of some dyspnoea, with slightly raised temperature and quickened pulse and respirations; distinct bronchial crepitations were present over the bases of both lungs. He •jas-sed a disturbed night. TWO BAD NIGHTS. On Tuesday morning, May 3rd, the symp- toms had abated, he felt better, and the temperature was normal, but he suffered from much cough and expectoration and con- siderable dyspnoea. Notwithstanding the urgent desire of his physicians that he should K-st quietly, his Majesty again received official visitors and gave audiences. That evening at 7 o'olock the King told his physicians that he felt ill, and he had more than one attack of severe dyspncea during that night, the attacks not being occasioned, as hitherto, by exertion. On the morning of Wednesday, May 4th, the temperature was 99deg. Fahr., and the pulse 90, and he complained of irrita- tion in the throat. He was seen by the throat specialist who had seen him on former occa- sions, but the only condition found was catarrh, and there was now an irritable and catarrhal condition also observable in con- nection with other organs. His Majesty again, however, gave several important audi- ences. At 6.15 p.m. a consultation was held by his three physicians, who found that the two consecutive bad nights and some severe attacks of dyspnoea had told seriously upon his Majesty. THE FINAL STAGES. On Thursday morning, May 5th, his Majesty's condition was not improved; he again, however, gave audienoes. The attacks of dyspnoea were more frequent and distress- ing, and with increasing cyanosis were gravely suggestive of threatened cardiac failure. In the afternoon the Queen arrived from the Continent, and the fact that the King was not at the station to meet her was the first indication to the public that his Majesty was indisposed. With the permission of the King the physicians now issued their first bulletin The King is suffering from bronchitis and has been confined to his room for two days. His Majesty's condition causes some anxiety," which appeared in some of the I evening papers, bu not until it had been seen by his Majesty, who somewhat modified its j terms. Sir Francis Laking and Sir James i Reid remained at the Palace. PEACEFUL ENDING. Up to 4.30 o'clock on Friday morning his Majesty had a better night, but in tho early hours of Friday he had several severe attacks of dyspnoea, and when visited that morning by his physicians it w&s at once seen that the gravity of the symptoms had increased. A bulletia was issued, stating The King has passed a comparatively quiet night, but the symptoms have not improved, and his Majesty's condition gives rise to grave anxiety." Thereafter his Majesty's condition grew rapidly worse. He had more than one attack of dyspnoea of a dangerous character, following upon slight movements, from which he was only rallied by powerful remedies. About 3 p.m. consciousness began to fail, and the third bulletin was issued, stating The King's symptoms have become worse during the day, and his Majesty's condition is now critical." Consciousness never completely re- turned. The end came at 11.45 p.m., after a. prolonged period of perfect calm. FRANCIS HEXKY LAKING, M.D. JAMES REID, M.D. V R. DOUGLAS POWELL, M.D.,
THE NATION'S LOSS. THE POWER OF PERSONALITY. The nation has lost much by the death of King Echvard, flays the Nation. It is be- reft of a wise, generous, and experienced King, who during his nine years' tenure of the throne had vividly struck the imagination of his contemporaries and their peoples. King Edward was not only the most popular Eng- lishman he was the best-known and the best- liked European. It required a long lifetime of service to "reat public causes, and a character of almost unexampled attraction and power, to secure for Gladstone such a tribute as that which the civilised nations have freely be- stowed upon the central figure in one of the shortest reigns in Eng-lish historv. Such is the power of personality when raised and adorned by the magic of kingship, The King. standing apart from parties, and having no direct control of the Executive, has beeil able tD ilypresshis genial temper and concilitory habit of mind upon ameliorative and enlight- ened statesmanship. He did his wurk with un- tiring zest and notable s'km. Tie was a man of the world, familiar with its most interest- ing figures, and acutely conscious of the many ways in which a King can move men. But his kindness was a gift of nature rather than a display of art, and he had only to be himself in order to be an excellent "diplomatist." The only serious check he ever encountered during his singularly successful reign came not from the rivals of his country but trom the Estate which stood closest to the English Crown. KING GEORGE. George V. is assured of a loyal welcome from every quarter of the land, free from all reserves or suspicions. He inherits from his two predecessors a high sense of public duty and honour. He has touched those who know I the language of the heart by the warmth and depth of his feeling for his father, and his ex- cellent speech to his Council dwelt, not only with propriety but with emphasis, on his de- votion to the spirit and forms of the Constitu- tion. He has studied our politics, and, in- deed, has developed an almost excessive taste for the very moderate delights of House of Commons oratory. He is on terms of warm friendship with at least one of his present Ministers, and he will learn from all of them how cheerfully British democracy, even in its more advanced forms, adapts itself to the monarchical system. He has a sailor's and traveller's knowledge of the Empire, and of its free and less free societies. We are con- vinced that his Court will be an example of probity and even, for thee luxurious days, of moderation, and it is pleasant to think that his Queen represents, in her mind and train- ing, the higher and more exacting standards of womanhood to which the age is becoming accustomed.
THE KING'S OATH. PROTEST AGAINST ALTERATION. RESOLUTIONS TO THE PREMIER The question of the King's Declaration is already agitating the minds of Protestants and Roman Catholics. In many quarters it is urged that an amended formula should be submitted, and there are indications that the Government wish to tone down the wording. Previous attempts in this direction have failed because a more or less general agree- ment could not be obtained. It may be remembered that during the Eucharistic Congress in 1908 Viscount Llan- daff read a paper on the subject, and said that since the attempt the education question had been the prominent one, so that it was thought by many leading Roman Catholics that the moment was inopportune for reviving P. the subject of the Royal Declaration, which (said the ex-Home Secretary) must always be one of sore controversial bitterness." I am one of those who hope," concluded the Viscount, that before long some fresh at- tempt may be made to get rid of what the late Lord Salisbury rightly described as a stain upon the Statute Book.' The executives of the Protestant Alliance and the Church Association—both strong in their determination to prevent, if possible, any alteration-are stirring up their sup- porters upon the question. At a special meet- ing of the Council of the Church Association it was resolved to forward a resolution to the Prime Minister, and a copy of it to the Mem- bers of both Houses of Parliament, setting forth that the Council consider the course suggested by Mr. Redmond, in his letter tc the Prime Minister, to be illegal in its con- ception, false to the Constitution, and cal- culated to subvert the Protestantism of the Throne. Mr. Kensit and his supporters are also agitating for the continuance of the present form of Declaration, with its pronouncement against beliefs which it characterises ps superstitioua and idolatrous."
OMENS AND PORTENTS. "ENGLAND SHALL HAVE A GREAT MISHAP." The Times comments in a leading article dn the attention which has been called to the fact that in this year not only has Halley's Comet visited us, but for the first time for many years Good Friday fell upon LadJ Day, and that thus, by the lamented death of our great King Edward VII., has been for- tuitously fulfilled the ancient saying: If our Lord falls on our Lady's lap, England shall have a great mishap." It was not reason, says the Times, that swayed the mind of primeval man. It was wonder, ignorance, and awe. His notions of cause and effect were hazy, inconsequent, and capricious. Hence any unfamiliar event was for him, not the unexplained effect of some unexplored cause, but the mysterious cause and certain presage of some impending calamity. Is it quite certain that even now we have all of us emancipated ourselves from this way of looking at things? Our Lord falls on our Lady's lap," and shortly afterwards a great and beloved Kifig unexpectedly passes away. Those of us who keep our heads note the coincidence as curi- ous and even impressive, and then go on to reflect that the impression is purely a subjec- tive one, and that in the sum of things there must be many coincidences equally curious, equally unexpected, and only not equally im- pressive because they make no appeal to the popular imagination. But to minds less accustomed to meditate on the relations of cause and effect and more prone to subject reason to the sway of the emotions, the apparent connection between an ancient prophecy and ks modern fulfilment is apt to wear an entirely different and highly subjective aspect. If we reflect for a moment cannot but perceive how truly degrading is the belief that a mere accident of the calen- dar, itself based on a series of conventions, astronomical and ecclesiastical, could be made by an all-wise and all-just Ruler of man- kind the occasion and even the instrument, not, indeed, of punishing men for their sins, but of inflicting on them suffering at once arbitrary and capricious in its incidence.
JEWISH MOURNERS. IMPRESSIVE MEMORIAL SERVICE. A memorial service, attended by about 4,000 persons of the Jewish faith, was held at the great, Assembly Hall, Mile End-road, Lon- don, on Thursday evening. The service was conducted by Rabbi B. Scbewzik and the Rev. P. Passenfeld, reader of the Dalston Synagogue, assisted by the choir of the latter synagogue. The service was most impressive. The officiating clergy wore their priestly vest- ments adorned with black, as a sign of mourn- ing, and the prayers were intoned in Hebrew. Rabbi Schewzik, in the course of an address, which lie delivered partly in English and partly in Yiddish, said the Jewish people were appalled at the sudden calamity of King Edward's death. They had lost the greatest constitutional monarch that had ever lived. The Constitution was to him sacred. The Jews were supposed to be a commercial people. Commerce chiefly depended upon peace, and the woidd had unanimously given to the late King the title of Peacemaker.. As Jews they had lost in King Edward their beat friend, their protector, and their father.
THE LYING IN STATE I REMOVAL TO THRONE ROOM. WATCHED BY SILENT GUARDSMEN. The body of the late King Edward was re- moved from the death chamber to the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace on Saturday afternoon, where it remained until Tuesday inoroing, when the coffin wae transferred with solemn state to TTestminster Hall for the last1 homage of the people. Queen Alexandra, who had been anxious to delay as long as possible the removal of the coffin from the bed- chamber in which the King died to the State apartments of the Palace, gave her consent to the removal on Saturday afternoon. For the high honour and duty of carrying the body of the King to the Throne Room thirty non-commissioned officers were spe- cially selected from the Grenadier Guards. Each man was over 6ft. high. On the breasts of them all were medals of the South African War and other campaigns. They were under the ooromand of Lieutenant Dennistoun. The removal was carried out with the utmost privacy. In the death-chamber at the time were Queen Alexandra a«d her children, in- cluding King George, Queen Mary, her sister, the Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia, the Duke of Connaught, and the King of Den- mark. The Guardsmen took turns at their duty, ten at a time. Those who were not actually engaged in bearing the body walked in the rear, awaiting the signal to relieve their comrades, who then fell in behind. The coffin is a massive casket made of oak grown in Windsor Forest. In the lid is set a heavy brass plate with the inscription in Latin, and there are devices of the Imperial Crown and the insignia of the Order of the Garter. The Royal mourners followed the coffin to the Throne Room and saw it placed on the cata- falque fronting the temporary altar. Then a guard of the King's Company Grenadier Guards, under the command of Captain R. H. Hermon-Hodgg, waa mounted in the Throne Room. IN THE THRONE ROOM. The scene presented by the lying-in-state of King Edward at Buckingham Palace was most impressive and yet simple and domestic. The Throne Room is the apartment in which audiences are given by the Sovereign to depu- tations from public bodies. At the top of the room is a recess, in which stands the chair of State on such occasions. High above this recess is a canopy with a gold frame, a crown showing in relief at its centre, and there are dark crimson hangings. The Throne, how- ever, was removed for the lying-in-state and in its place was set a simple altar covered with a cloth of choice needlework, the most conspicuous ornamentation of which was a cross worked in coloured silk and gold thread. Two candles were kept burning on the altar, and between the candlesticks were vases with white flowers. THE COFFIN. In front of the altar, but separated from it by a distance of several feet, stood the cata- falque draped in purple, and upon it rested the coffin of the King, with head towards the altar. The coffin was covered by the beauti- ful cream-coloured pall which, under personal direction of Princess Christian, was worked for the funeral of Queen Victoria by the Royal School of Art Needlework at South Kensington. Over the foot of the coffin, but so draped as not entirely to conceal the silken pall and its ornamentation, was the Royal Standard. Near the head of the coffin a large cushion of purple velvet rested upon the lid, supporting the crown of England — not the splendidly jewelled imperial crown, but the more ancient and historically interesting crown from the Tower. Across the same cushion lay the late King's diamond Garter, the emblem of the noble Order of which he was the head. Nearer to the foot of the coffin lid was a second and smaller cushion, upon which were placed the sceptre and orb. Upon the floor at the foot of the coffin lay the King's Company colour, or standard of the Grenadier Regiment. Each company, as is well known, possesses a King's colour and a regimental colour, but the" King's Com- pany colour or regimental standard," pos- sessed by the King's Company of the 1st Grenadier Guards, is the only emblem of its kind in the British Army. It is used when- ever the Sovereign is on parade, and has been many times dipped in salute to King Edward. A small replica of this Standard, a camp colour," will be buried with his Majesty. The material of the Standard in the Throne Room is deep crimson silk, and upon its centre are worked a crown and the intertwined mono- gram E.R." Below are three devices in gold thread—to the right a small crown sur- mounting the Scottish emblem, the Thistle, with the English Rose and Crown immedi- ately below, and on the left the Irish emblem, a Shamrock, also surmounted by a crown. At each corner of the catafalque a tall caudle burnt in a massive gilt candlestick supported on a small pedestal covered with purple cloth te match that used for draping the catafalque. Between the head of the coffin and the altar stood a large prie-dieu, for Queen Alexandra, and to the right of it were smaller praying-stools for other mem- bers of the Royal Family. THE WATCH. Four men of the King's Company of the Grenadier Guards stood r.hout the catafalque, one at each corner, some feet away from the coffin, and facing outwards. A fifth Guards- man, a non-commissioned officer, was sta- tioned a short distance away, facing the bier, and near the end of the room was a commis- sioned officer in charge of the watch. Th'e soldiers were dressed in full uniform (which includes scarlet tunic and huge black bear- skin), and the men at the four corners of the catafalque stood with arms reversed—that is, the muzzles of their rifles resting on the floor, their gloved hands crossed upon the butts, and their heads bowed over the hands. The men were relieved every hour, as this position of almost rigid immobility involves a great physical strain. SERVICES AT THE PALACE. Divine service was held in the private chapel of the Palace on Sunday morning. It was attended by Queen Alexandra and all the members of the Royal Family. King George and Queen Mary drove over from Marl- borough House for the service. The Empress Marie. Feodorovna of Russia, the King of Norway, and the King of Denmark were among the worshippers. The chapel was crowded to its utmost capacity, as the mem- bers of the Royal Households were also present. At the request of Queen Alexandra a special service was held on Sunday night at ten o'clock in the Throne Room. It was attended by King George and Queen Mary and all the members of the Royal Family. The Queen- Mother took up a position at the head of the coffin, and was much affected by the service. Canon Sheppard, who also conducted the morning service, officiated, and the singing was led by the choir from the Chapel Royal. The service was opened with the hymn When the day of toil is done and the 121st Psalm was sung. The anthem was Lie still, beloved (Dr. Scott Lloyd). THE REMOVAL TO WESTMINSTER. The procession accompanying the removal of the King's remains to Westminster Hall on Tuesday was fixed to leave Buckingham Palace at half-past eleven. The King and the male members of the Royal Family and the foreign Royalties then in London followed the gun-carriage on foot, and the Royal ladies rode in closed carriages, with mounted escort at front and end of procession. The massed bands of the Brigade of Guards, with drums and pipers, walked in front of the gun- carriage playing funeral music. The proces- sion included the Headquarters Staff of the Army, the Army Council, the Admiralty Board, Field-Marshals, Admirals of the Fleet, and other high officials. IN WESTMINSTER HALL. The coffin was taken from the gun-carriage on arrival at Westminster Hall by the bearer party of the King's Company Grenadier Guards, and was received by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord Great Chamberlain, the Earl Marshal, and the First Commis- sioner of Works and Public Buildings, and carried to the catafalque prepared for it. A procession of the officers of the Navy and Army, who preceded the coffin, moved up to the steps at the end of Westminster Hall, conducted by the Herald and Pursuivants of Arms. Norroy King of Arms preceded the procession, conveying the Royal remains to the catafalque in the following order: Garter. The Right Hon. Lewis V. Harcourt. Black Rod. The Earl MarshaL, The Dean of Westminster. The Lord Great Chamberlain. The Archbishop of Canterbury. Yeoman of the Guard. Bearer Party of the King's Company, Grena- dier Guards. COFFIN. Bearer Party of King's Company, Grenadier Guards. Yeoman of the Guard. The King. Foreign Sovereigns and Members of the Royal Family. When the Royal coffin had been placed upon the catafalque, his Majesty the King and the other Royal mourners stood at the head of the coffin. The Gentlemen-at-Arms took their customary places on either side, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord Great Chamberlain, and the Earl Marshal took their stand at the foot of the coffin whilst a short < religious service was held. The service having been concluded, his Majesty the King and the other Royal mourners were conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Earl Marshal, and the Officers of Arms to the entrance of the West- ern Hall, and the procession of Royal mourners returned to Buckingham Palace. ?
THE FUNERAL. GREAT GATHERING OF ROYALTIES. COUNTRIES TO BE REPRESENTED AT THE FUNERAL. The gathering of Kings, Queens, and Prin- ces who will attend the funeral of the late King Edward is unprecedented. The follow- ing is a list of countries that will be repre- sented at the funeral, with the names of the mourners Country. Representative. Germany The Emperor & Prince Henry Russia Dowager-Empress and Grand Duke Michael Spain King Alfonso Italy Duke of Aosta Belgium King Albert United States Mr. Roosevelt Denmark ming and Queen Greece King, Crown Prince, Prince Christopher, and Prince George Franco M. Pichon and special delegation Holland Prince Consort Portugal King Manuel and the Queen-Mother Norway King Hakon and Queen Maud Sweden Prince Charles Japan Prince Fushimi China Prince Tsai Tsa Switzerland M. G. Garlin Servia Crown Prince c Brazil The Minister in Londofi Egvpt Prince Mohammed Ali Bulgaria Count Bourboulon (Great Chamberlain) Boumanis Crown Prince Ferdi- nand and Lt.-Col. Greceano Montenegro Crown Prince Saxony Prince Johann Georg Wiirtemberg Duke Albert Mecklenburg-Strelitz Grand Duke of Saxe-Coburg Duke of Bavaria Prince Rupprecht Monaco Count Balny d'Avri. f court he Sultan Canada One or more Ministers Australia Sir George Red New South Wales The Agent-General Greek Government.. M. Romanos ARMY AND NAVY REPRESENTATIVES. In addition to the above the armies and navies of various countries are sending the following representatives: CHIEF REPRESENTATIVES. German Army, the Kaiser. German Navy, Prince Henry. French Army, General Dalstein. French Navy, Vice-Admiral Marquis. Russian Army, Baron Stempel. Russian Navy, Count Heyden. Swedish Army, General Uggla. Swedish Navy, Admiral Palander. Spanish Army, officers of Zamora Regiment. Spanish Navy, Senor Avila. Danish Army. General Arendrup and Hussars officers. Indian Army, officers at home on leave and the King's native bodyguard.
ROYAL COFFIN AND PALL PANELS &1 DEVICES ON THE CASKET. The Royallcoffin is identical in design and construction with that of Queen Victoria. It is of panelled oak, polished. There are eight side panels, with heavy brass handles. The corner pieces are of brass. On the lid there are twd pajjc-ig, one at the head bearing the device of an Imperial crown, the other at the foot bearing the Star of the Garter and its motto, Honi soit qui mal y pense." In the centre between these panels is a heavy brass plate with the inscription in Latin. The beautiful white satin pall which will cover the coffin as that used for Queen Vic- toria. It was th" work of the ladies employed at the Royal School of Art. Needlework, of which Princess Christian is the president, and in which her late Majesty Queen Victoria was always warmly mterested. It is of rich ivory- whits satin, li ned with silk, and bordered with a massive fringe of gold bullion. In each corner are the Royal Arms, wrought in bullion and silks,in cc xt-ect heraldic colouring,the lion and the unicorn being respectively in cloth of gold and clotli of silver, embroidered in silk. The garter is worked in blue silk, the motto in gold, and the ribbon is in silver applique. TKE GUN CARRIAGES. The two gun carriages used at the funeral of the late Queen Victoria will be utilised to convey the body of the late King from West- minster to Paddington and from Windsor station to t.he place of burial. They con- sist of a 15-pounder and a 12-pounder gun carriage, -with limber, and have been under- going overhaul in the Royal Arsenal at Wool- wich. The 15-pounder carriage came from Edinburgh Castle and the 12-pounder from the Tower of London, where it has been on view. Each carriage bears a silver plate with inscription -denoting the route taken at Queen Victoria's funeral. The gun carriage which will bear the coffin from Westminster to Pad- dington will be a carriage of the present pattern 18-poun<ier gun.
• ■" ■ i-1 .i SERVICE FOR KING EDWARD. SPECIAL FORMS OF PRAYER. Three SpeciaJ Forms of Service, in com- memoration of his late, Majesty King Edward VII., of blessed and glorious memory, to be used in all churches and chapels in England and Wales and in the town of Berwick- upon-Tweed on the day of the Funeral or on the most convenient day within the Octave," have been issued by Messrs. Eyre and Spottis- woode. The first form directs that in the Commu- nion Service for the day, in place of the Col- lect, Epistle, and Gospel, may be used the following: The Collect from the Burial Service with the words. As our hope is Thy servant King Edward doth," in place of As our hope is this our brother doth." The Epistle: 1 TheSB. iv. 13-18. The Gospel: St. John vi. 37-40. The second form consists of the Litany, fol- lowed by the Burial Service, omitting the words used in the committal to the grave; substituting throughout Thy servant King Edward for the words this our brother," and inserting before the grace," at the close of the service, three prayers. The first is; urant to us, 0 Lord, together with all Thv 1 faithful departed, rest and peace, through < JChrist- our Lord. Amen. ( The second is a special prayer of thankful- i ness for the blessing of King Edward's reign For the wi-dom of-his rule and the faithful- ness with which he served-the people com- ] mitted to his charge: for his continual effort to further ami maintain peaco among all ( nations and for his watchful care of the sick i ] and tho poor. ( The third prayer is that of the Accession Service, beginning, Almighty God, Who I rulest over all the kingdoms,'i but consider- ably modified in its wording. With this second form hymns may be sung before and after the Litany, and at the con- clusion of the service, at the discretion of the minister. The third and last of the forms is a modifi- cation of the Burial Service, containing numerous changes. The 5th, 23rd, and 27th Psalms are substituted for the 39th and 90th, and the Benedictus is included, as also the hymn, 0 God, our help in ages past." TRAMCARS TO BE STOPPED. The London County Council has arranged for a striking act of homage to be rendered by a vast number of Londoners on the day of King Edward's funeral. At the moment when the body of the late King leaves Westminster Hall for Paddington Station, all the cars on the great London County Council tramway system will come to a standstill, wherever they may be. and remain stationary for a quarter of an hour. THE PROCESSION OF PRINCES. The funeral procession is expected to leave Westminster Hall at 10.15 a.m. on Friday. The King and Queen, with Queen Alexandra, j and other Members of the Royal Family, to- gether with the Emperor William and the other Sovereigns, will leave Buckingham Palace between nine and ten o'clock, and pro- ceed to Westminster Hall. They will be fol- lowed in the procession by a great company of statesmen, warriors, and gentlemen of quality, and the high officers of the State. His Majesty the King will follow on horse- back immediately after the coffin of King Edward, with the Duke of Cornwall on his right and Prince Albert on his left. Then will come such a gathering of Kings and Princes as has never been seen in England before. These will include the following: The German Emperor. The Duke of Connaught. Prince Arthur of Connaught. The King of the Hellenes. The King of Norway. The King of Denmark. The King of Spain. The King of Portugal. The King of Bulgaria. The King of the Belgians. The Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. Grand Duke Michael. Prince Charles of Sweden. Prince Henry of Prussia. Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria. Crown Prince of Greece. Prince Christopher of Greece. Prince George of Greece. Prince Fushimi of Japan. Prince Tsai-Tsa of China. Prince Henry of the Netherlands. Prince Ferdinand of Roumania. Prince Mohammed Ali of Egypt. Crown Prince of Servia. Duke Albert of Wurtemburg. Prince Johann Georg of Saxony., Crown Prince or Montenegro. Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. The Duke of Aosta. Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Prince Max of Baden. Youssouf Izzedin Effendi, Turkish Heir- Apparent. The Sultan of Zanzibar. State carriages will follow conveying Queen Mary and the Royal- children, Queen Alex- andra and her daughters, Queen Maud and the Princess Victoria, and the other members of the Royal Family. Then will follow the representatives of foreign Powers. The procession will proceed to Paddington at a slow walking pace, and the route will be lined by 30,000 troops. There will be included in the procession representatives of the Navy and all branches of the Army, and particu- larly of those regiments with which King Edward was closely connected. There will also be detachments from certain foreign regi- ments of which his late Majesty was honorary 'Colonel, including two detachments from Germany and one from Russia. These, of course, will be in addition to the foreign Mili- tary Attaches who will take part in the pro- cession. There will also be a deputation from the Imperial Russian Fleet, Consisting of Vice-Admiral Viren (Commander-in-Chief at Cronstadt), Captain Boutakoff, and Senior Lieutenant Svinine. The Indian Army and the Colonial Forces will likewise be repre- sented. The pace at which the tliree-and-a-half miles between Parliament-square and the railway station will be covered will probably be fronb one-and-a-half to two miles an hour. THE CROWDS ON THE ROUTE. Enormous crowds-the largest aggregation of people ever gathered for a public function in the metropolis-will, it is certain, assemble along the line of route on Friday next to pay a last token of respect and reverence to his late Majesty. RECORD PRICES FOR SEATS. There is, says the Dairy Mail, an unpre- cedented demand for seats, and record prices are being readily obtained. Here are some figures of lettings effected: A second-floor room with balcony in St. James's-street, with accommodation for fifteen persons, fetched 200 guineas. Close by a third-floor balcony room, with a seating capacity for ten persons, was sold for 175 guineas. In St. James's-street two large stands are in process of erection on empty building sites. In Oxford-terrace 150 guineas is being asked for drawing-rooms with a balcony and 50 guineas for upper bedrooms. A drawing-room with balcony in a corner house in Cambridge-terrace was let for 200 guineas to an Australian gentleman who, with his family, is on a visit to the old country. DAY OF MOURNING SERVICES. The Earl Marshal has received the Com- mands of the King to make known his Majesty's hope that solemn services will be held in all great centres throughout the country on Friday next, at 1.o'clock, the hour at which the funeral of his late Most Gracious Majesty takes place at Windsor. It is specially announced that the King trusts the Mayors and other officials, together with the leading residents, in the various centres where there are local services and celebrations will participate in these as far as practicable rather than leave them to the general body of local residents and come to London for the ceremony there or to Windsor for the funeral.' MILITARY ARRANGEMENTS. The twenty thousand soldiers from the Aldershot and Eastern commands who will help to line the route of the funeral will be brought to London early on Friday morning. Some fifty special trains will be required, and the troops will commence to arrive at a very early hour. They will line the route, probably before eight o'clock, by which time it is ex- pected that all the roads giving access to the route will be closed to wheeled traffic. As at present arranged, some of the men taking part in the procession will be camped in the parks during Thursday night. All the units of the London Territorials will be asked to furnish detachments to line the route. It is stated that the procession will include detachments from the Honourable Ar- tillery Company, of which King Edward was Honorary Captain-General the Civil Service Rifles and the Post Office Rifles (the 15th and the 8th London Battalions), of which he was Honorary Colohol. The Indian Army will be represented by a number of officers now in this country. The gun carriage bearing the coffin will be drawn by eight of the finest black horses possessed by the "B Battery of the Royal Horse Artillery, stationed at St. John's Wood. I THE JOURNEY TO WINDSOR. Just before the arrival of the funeral, pro- fession tne station at raaaington Wlll w closed to all traffic, and will not be reopened until after the departure of the train contain- ing the coffin. As on the occasion of the funeral of Queen Victoria, the coffin will be plaoed in the centre of tho Royal saloon, which will be drap«d in purple. The engine Straw ing the train will also be draped in the Royal mourning colour. The King and Queen and Queen-Mother will probably travel in the carriage with the coffin, and behind it there will be special saloon carriages for the Monarchs and members of Royal Families who attend the funeral. In addition, there will be two special trains for the other guests who will attend the obsequies at Windsor. The bier bearing the remains of King Ed- ward is timed to leave Westminster Hall about 10.15 on Friday, by which time the head of the procession will have been at least half an hour on the way. All the streets com- municating with the route will be closed to traffic from a very early hour in the morning. RAILWAY PLANS. The great railway companies will substitute the Sunday service of trains for the ordinary train service on the day of the funeral. The service, however, will be extended according to need, and for the convenience of the public travelling to London to witness the funeral procession there will be special trains. The Sunday services will be adopted by the Great Western, the London, Brighton, and South Coast, the London and South Western, the Great Northern, and the Midland companies. The London and South Western Railway and the Great Northern Railway will observe the day as a day of general mourning throughout their systems. The former company have sup- plied their staff with mourning armlets, and the drivers of their road vans with crape for their whips.
MOTOR FALLS INTO THE SEA. THREE PERSONS INJURED. A motor-car was ascending the slip at Newlyn Harbour, Penzance, on Sunday morn- ing, when the driver, Mr. Vivian Thomas, a former Mayor of Penzance, swerved in attempting to avoid a lady, with the result that the car crashed through some railings, and fell a distance of about fifteen feet into the ffea. With Mr. Thomas in the car were his little daughter, his brother, Mr. C. V. Thomas, and a chauffeur. The party had a wonderful escape from death, as the car turned right over on top of them. As it was, Miss Thomas and the chauffeur were hurt. The car was smashed. The lady pedestrian, who ran across the road as the car swerved, was knocked down and injured.
NO SICK AND NO POOR. The parish of Loxbeare, near Tiverton, with a population of fifty-nine, is in the happy position of having no sick and no poor. This happy state of affairs was revealed on Saturday during an inquiry by a Charity Commissioner into the bequests which have from time to time been left by pious donors for the poor of the parish. When the Com- missioner found that in the absence of poverty the incomes of some of the charities were accumulating he suggested that a sub- scription could be given to the Tiverton In- firmary. The reply he received was that this was not necessary, because the parish had not had any use for the infirmary for years. Moreover, a collection was made for the in- firmary once'a year.
FATALITY ON THE BROADS. Two young men were proceeding towards Oulton Broad in a lugsail boat on the River Waveney on Saturday afternoon when it cap- sized owing to a sudden puff of wind. Both the occupants were thrown into the water, and one was rescued by a passing motor-boat, but the other man, George Francis, a clerk, l.ing at Lowestoft, was drowned.
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AVIATORS LUCKY ESCAPE. While Captain Cecil Clayton, of Mansfield, a Midland aeronaut, was exercising a Bleriot aeroplane on the flying-ground provided by the Duke of Portland on Saturday, the machine came suddenly down from a height of 50ft. The propeller was embedded deep in the ground, and the framework of the aero- plane was considerably damaged, but the aeronaut sustained little more than a few scratches.