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OUR | LONDON CORRESPONDENT.'

NEWS NOTES. is

DECLARATIONS OF HEADS OF STATES.

jSOUTH AFRICA. I

CHINA. I

THE LAST NEW CRAZE. I

SAD LIST OF TRAGEDIES. I

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ITHE ROYAL TOUR.

I NEW DEAN OF SALISBURY. I

I ESCAPE AND CAPTURE OF |…

HUGE SAILING SHIP LOST.I

THE ROYAL UNITED SERVICE INSTITUTION.

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THE ROYAL UNITED SERVICE INSTITUTION. GIFTS FROM THE KING. The King has once more shown the close inte- rest he takes in the Navy and Army by presenting to the Royal United Service Institution several relics of priceless value. His Majesty has always regarded this Institution as one of the most de- serving connected with the forces of the Crown. He laid the foundation-stone of the theatre and the buildings which adjoin the old banqueting room of Whitehall Palace, a structure associated with so much that is both tragic and glorious in the history of the British Crown. His Majesty's latest gifts to the Institu- tion ought to attract many visitors to the museum. The principal one is Chantrey's bust of Lord Nelson, which has hitherto been secluded in Windsor Castle. This is a work of art which must take precedence of any likeness of the great admiral, whether in stone or on canvas. It is mounted on a portion of the mainmast of the Victory, pitted with bullet marks, and the two make a magnificent memorial of a great sailor and a great sea fight. The King has also sent two smaller pieces of the masts of the Victory, a double-headed shot fired from the Santissima Trinidada, two old cannon, and an anchor fished out of the sea at Slaines Castle, two 841b. solid shot, and a fac-simile of a shot fired from the Victory. His Majesty has also lent two Russian muskets and two guns from Zuiuland. The latter are very curious, inasmuch as they were originally flintlock, and had been converted by the natives for use with percussion caps. The Institution must have gained immensely by these presents from the King. Many as are the Nelson relics in various collections, nowhere now is there so complete, so extensive, and so interesting a gathering of relics of the nation's great naval hero as in the ancient Palace of Whitehall. The value of the collection is im- mensely increased by the appropriate surround- ings, from the battle flags, torn and tattered, which hang from the galleries, to the skeleton of Marengo, Napoleon's famous charger, and other mementoes of our thousand and one wars, down to our latest fights in South Africa—a war only made possible by that command of the sea which Nelson secured for us.

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1900 RECORD CLARET YEAR.

CONGO RUBBER TRADE.

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