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_w- NATIONAL SORROW. THURSDAY last will be long remembered 4hrougliout the whole country for the sorrow and disappointment which it brought to the Royal Family of England and the QUEEN'S subjeeti3 throughout the whole of her realm. The death of the DUKE OF CLARENCE was a tragedy more harrowing in its conception and more bitter in its pang than many pro- ,dtwti,ons of the stage, and since the life of the PaINCE OF WALES was trembling in the bahmee some twenty years ago, no event has eo stirred with sympathy and regret the! hearts of the English people. In itself the event is not unusual. Similar bereavements to hundreds of homes day by day- homes where sorrows have to be borne in silence and solitude, unrelieved by a single word of sympathy or by any of the solaces which, exist in the present case. And perhaps that accounts in a large measure for the universal flow of sympathy which has rung from the nation's breast towards the bereaved parents. In the sorrow of the IPFEISIOE and PRINCESS OF WALES, and par- ticularly of the PRINCESS who was shortly to be the D uice's bride, thousands have seen a redaction of their own lives, and "a fellow Reeling makes us wondrous kind." The loss of au amiable young PKINCE, looking for- ward to inheriting some day the crown of England and a position having boundless Opportunities of usefulness and appendages of houour, woald in any case have been keenly felt by the nation but in the present case the grief is rendered more poignant by the peculiarly distressing eirem.,a,gtances which surrounded the event. It is scarcely a month ago since the formal announcement of the engagement of the DUXE OF CLARENCE to the PRINCESS MAY OF TECH was made public. On the 8th of this moath the family gathered around at a party in honour of the DUKE'S birthday, though he himself was unable to be present. Throughout the whole of the country preparations were in progress for a national celebration of the marriage, which was to take place next month, and in the midst of these preparations the DUKE was snatched away from us by a force which the physician's skill was powerless to resist. It would le difficult to find in history a parrailel where the incidents were of a more mournful character, where the blight- ing hand fell upon a cluster of persons and circumstances so full of promise and bless- ing, The death of the DUKE OF CLARENCE haS directed attention to the succession to the throne. But one life is left between the throne and the PRINCE OF WALES'S eldest daughter, and that a life which only a short time ago was seriously imperilled by an attack of fever. The death of PRINCE GEORGE OP WIXES would render the ultimate succes- sion of the DUKE OF FIFE'S children inevit- apie, Prior to the death of the Duir-È OF C.^AEEaSCE, only by a little over an hour, another doath occurred-that of an English- man eminent as a Christian minister, eeholar, philanthropist, and social worker, not only in England, but throughout a large portion of the world. His was not a life sipped, like that of the young DUKE, in the fxtdi but he had lived to attain a ripeness in inStteoce and public esteem which it is the lot of but few men to enjoy. Between the two men there can be no sort of comparison. No one expected any great achievements from the young PRINCE, beyond the proper custody of honour and position which would cosae into his possession without any effort of his own. But the death of Cardinal Ttf AnnsrsG has removed one who visibly in- ftaoDCgd by, his strong intellect, high character and tender heart, the movements in which he engaged, and the scenes through which he passed, and one who has in his writings and in the esteem of his leltowwen achieved such immortality as is -poaeible on earth. Though he forsook the Protestant for the Romish Church, he ,Sstaiwd the veneration of all sections of the Christian church, and he is mourned in deøth, not alone as a high functionary of a great church, but as an Englishman who epfiebed the thought and exalted the character of his age, and who added dignity to few high position, as he would have done to any office which might have been com- fnitted to his keeping. Amongst others who passed away on this flttastorable Thursday was Mr E WHITLEY, IIY,, for the Everton division of Liverpool, A BMtti highly esteemed for his useful and .well-disposed public services in various & "sties. Death,, indeed, -seems to have 'f^cinHy "busy among the great per- sonages of the land, of whom a remarkably Xaxge auiaber have fallen within a very .j&ort time. The solemn events referred to jfawm have naturally cast a shadow over Oe country, and converted what was to ijhfCTe been a season of national rejoicing' mfat one of mourning.




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