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. IIMPERIAL PARLIAMENT. I

I HOUSE OF IORDS.—JULY 4.…

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ITHE WAR AND THE IWOUNDED.

-TOES OF CHINESE LADIES.

THE HOSPITAL SHIP MAINE.

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THE HOSPITAL SHIP MAINE. REPORT BY LADY RANDOLPH CHURCHILL. A telegram, dated Funchal, June 26, has been re- ceived by the hon. secretary of the American hospital ship Maine, stating that the patients on board are progressing favourably, and that all the officers are convalescent. The latter are: Royal Engineers, Lieutenant Hardcastle and Second Lieutenant Hep per; 1st Battalion Royal Scots, Lieutenant Puxley; 2nd Warwickshire Regiment, Lieutenant Laish 1st Battalion Cameron Highlanders, Captain Nicholson; 3rd Battalion East Lancashire Regiment, Second Lieutenant Forshaw and Second Lieutenant Cox; New South Wales Mounted Infantry, Lieu- tenant Lee Royal Army Medical Corps, Lieutenant Si berry and an officer of the 3rd North Lancashire Regiment. The sick lying down are 12; the sick convalescent, 79 the wounded lying down, 49; and the wounded convalescent, 9. Lieutenant-Colonel Hensman, of the Royal Army Medical Corps, is in charge. The Maine is expected to reach Southampton on July 3, and she will proceed on her third voyage to South Africa within a few davs of her arrival. It will be remembered that the idea of an Ameri- can Hospital Ship Fund, for the benefit of sufferers in the South African campaign, originated with Mrs. Blow, an American lady long resident in that part of the world, and was at once taken up by Lady Ran- dolph Churchill, the result being the establishment of a fund by which the Maine, lent by the Atlantic Transport Company, was equipped as a hospital ship, and placed at the sorvice of the British Government, the subscribers being Americans not only in the United States, but living in England and other countries. Lady Randolph Churchill, chairman of the Fund, has now issued a report to the Ladies of the Execu- tive and General Committees." The ship left London on December 23, 1899, with a medical staff of 41, made up thus Commanding officer, 5 surgeons, 1 superintending sister, 4 sisters, 11 male nurses, 10 orderlies, 5 non-commissioned officers, R.A.M.C., and 4 stewards. After detailing some of the good work done for the wounded as sent to the ship from the front, Lady Churchill proceeds: I would like to say a few words in reference to the change that has been made in the nursing staff of the Maine,' and why it has been thought best to have no nursing sisters on board during this her second trip. You may have seen a press article of May 28 on this subject, which, although embodying a good deal that is true, does not pretend to be au- thoritative, nor is it. In the first place, our sisters were not' lady volunteers,' but skilled professionals, having received the same training, and receiving the same salaries, as the male nurses, from the Mills' schools, the whole nursing staff having been sent to us by Mrs. Whitelaw Reid. In reference to the sis- ters, nothing could exceed their excellent work, and, if we are parting with them, our decision casts no re- flection on their efficiency. It has been found that the nursing staff was too large for the number of patients we, could take on board, and for the class of cases hospitaljships, practically three days' journey or more from the front, necessarily receive. There is no doubt that a wounded or sick man at death's door prefers a woman to nurse him, one before whom he need not fear to break down, one whose gentle touch no man can replace. But the bulk of our patients were men able to do a good deal for themselves, who, if given the choice of equally good men or women nurses, ivotild prefer the former. Under these circumstances, and addedjtothem the fact of the cramped'acco 'iniiioda- tion and want of privacy the ship affords for WGmei, it has been thought advisable to dispense with their services.

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-I CURRENT SPORT.

THEATRICAL ACTIONS.

!SIPIDO'S TRIAL.

ST. BARTHOLOMEWS HOSPITAL.

| COAL PRICES IN BYEGONE DAYS.

.---FROM ICELAND TO CANADA.

A MONSTER CASK.

AMERICAN ENGINEERS.

THE SLOUGH DISASTER.

COUNT ZEPPELIN'S AIRSHIP.

A VILLAGE WITHOUT MONEY.

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