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ILLNESS OF MR GLADSTONE. The Premier's Journey to Hawarden. After attend.ng Saturday's Cabinet Council Mr Gladstone drove to Euston Station, watii he took the 2.45 train for Chester and Idav/ardtn. A special saloon carriage was pro- viCtu for tin* right bon. gentleman's accommo- dation, and was well heated before ho entered it. As vtja traiii 'eft the station, at nnmhpr of persons wao had assembled en the pisiform give a hearty etieer, in response ;'1 whic.), the Premier came to tivi window and took off his hat. It was noticed that lie looked paie and careworn. Immediately the train was clear of the station, Mr Gladstone laid down,and succeeded in ohtain- ing a refreshing sleep on the journey between Willes^en and HllLT. At the latter station a crawu Collected opposite the saloon carriage, and cher,rod the Prime Minister, who had now drawn up the blinds. Chester was readied shortly after seven o'clock. Many persons who had heard of Mr Gladstone's illness from the morning papers were on the platform to enquire personally as to his health. An answer was given to the cffect that the Premier was better. Mr Herbert Gladstone joined the train at this point, and an animated conversation soon ensued between his father and himself until Branch ion Hall station was reached. This stage of the journey was accomplished in a special train. On arriving at the station, Mr Gladstone walked with firmness to his carriage in waiting, and drove direct to Hawarden Castle. Snow laid on the ground to the depth of half-an-inch, but the weather was much less keen than on New Year's Day, when the Premier travelled to town. On inquiry at the castle on Saturday evening, the Press Association's special correspondent was informed that Mr Gladstone had withstood the fatigue of the journey exceedingly well, and was in good health. Visitors arrived at the castle in the evening, and will take part in a concert te- day. INTERVIEW WITH MRS GLADSTONE. I Telegraphing on Sunday night, the Press Association says Mr Gladstone still remains indisposed, although his illness is not so serious as to occasion any alarm. The special representative of the Press Association had an interview this afternoon with Mrs Gladstone, who stated that Mr Gladstone was a little better. Mrs Gladstone remarked, in the course of conversation, that it seemed to her that the public and the press of this country had an idea that the family of the Premier were desirous of keeping back from the knowledge of all the true state of Mr Gladstone's health. This, Mrs Gladstone said. was far.froin her purpose and feeling, her desire being that the truth should he communicated to all those who were so kind as to make inquiries. She desired it to be made known that Mr Gladstone's illness was not of any serious nature. For some days prior to summoning the Cabinet Council for Friday last, the Premier had been working particularly hard, having a large amount of business to transact, and numerous papers to peruse. This led to some worry, and occasioned loss of sleep for several hours during the night, and restlessness. The Premier seemed to be more than usually ^wakeful on the night before leaving for London, ffid accordingly determined to see Sir Andrew Clark, who has complete know- ledge of his constitution. After his journey to London on Thursday and subsequent transaction of pressing official business, he did not feel well and passed a sleepless night. Sir Andrew Clark visited him for the second time on Fri- day morning, and ordered as much quiet and rest as he could possibly take. On Friday night, although he had attended a long sitting of the Cabinet, and had transacted numerous other business matters, he slept better,and when next Sir Andrew called upon him he was able to report an improvement. Sir Andrew desired that Mr Gladstone should at once obtain three weeks' rest from all but most pressingwork, and a change of air may possiblyalso be ordered. Mrs Gladstone stated that the Premier passed a better night on Saturday than he has experienced since the recurrence of these sleep- less attacks. His appetite is good, and he felt comparatively well to-day, but he is suffering from an attack of lumbago, which prevents him from taking his accustomed walks. Mrs Gladstone states that she herself can see a marked improvement in the Premier's condition. Mr Gladstone, however, looked very pale and careworn this morning as he walked leaning on Mrs Gladstone's arm from the castle to the parish church, a distance of about half a mile. He seemed feeble in bis gait but this was accounted for by an'attack of lumbago. This feebleness was particularly noted by the villagers, who frequently see Mr Gladstone in his usual good health walk- ing with firm step about the village and grounds of Hawarden. MR GLADSTONE AT CHURCH. I On arri vitig at the church,M.r Gladstone took his customary seat beside the choir, but did not read the lessons as heretofore. It was observable that the right hon. gentleman retained his seat during the greater portion of the service. It has also been his practice at the commencement of the sermon to move from his own seat to one immediately under the pulpit, so that he may be better able to hear the words of the preacher. He did not do so to-day, and many of his admirers went away from the church in the full impression he was not at all strong. He partook of the Sacrament, and then walked back to the castle again, leaning on Mrs Gladstone's arm. After luncheon he took a stroll in the garden, but although the day was beautifully fine, he remained out only a short time. For several years past Mr Gladstone has not missed attending evening service at church. To-day, however, he did not do so, but remained at the castle, while Mrs Gladstone and the other mem- bers of his family proceeded to church. Mr Gladstone's vacant place was observed, and many inquiries were made as to the reason of his non- attendance.


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