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Dtb Of tbt Qun. THE news of the death of the QUEE was received throughout the district with feel- ings of profound sorrow and regret. The latest bulletins had been of a nature to pre- elude all hopes of recovery, and when the announcement of her death was made, it was simply the confirmation of a foregone conclusion. But public grief throughout the length and breadth of the land was none the less profound. Meetings of public bodies and social festivities were im- mediately abandoned or suspended; and testimony everywhere abounds of the /C shock which the event Ms occasioned. The hand of death within the last year has been busy within the Royal home before the] final summons came. Of her own family she ost Prince Christian Victor, in the unhappy war in South Africa and the Duke of Saxe- Coburg, One of her most intimate personal friends, Jane Lady Churchill, was taken suddenly from her at Christmas. These repeated shocks,, coming upon a frame enfeebled by her very devotion to her public duties, lowered her vitality and prepared e way for the end. It is sad to think that she has not died as she is said to have wished. It is said that her life was troubled at its close by the untoward events which have for too long prevailed in South Africa. And she has, alas! been taken away at an hour when her long and glorious reign was momentarily eclipsed by a ghastly war-cloud. It is with legitimate pride, even at this darki hour that we recall the fact that her Majesty grew up under Liberal teaching and imbibed from the statesmen who edu- cated her those great principles which have guided her and stood her in such good stead during her long and unparalled reign. Nominally and actually the Queen reigned and did not govern yet, without conflict orj I even friction, she exercised, under limited! forms, great and salutary political authority. The story of the life of Queen Victoria is practically the history of that wonderfulj century the end of which so absorbed our thoughtsand constrained our mindsto dwell so much upon the great and lasting movements1 its eventful and stirring years had witnessed in all departments of life.

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