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EIGHT YEARS IN A CONSUMPTION.

I LI HUNG CHANG'S FORECAST.

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LI HUNG CHANG'S FORECAST. The great dead Chinese statesman, Li Hung Chang, can never be accused of a lack of pat- riotism, whatever else may be laid to his charge. Judging by a posthumous private letter just ex- ploited by a German paper, he was perfectly will. ing to sacrifice either of the present combatants in the East to save the interests of the Flowery Land. His letter, written shortly before his death, shows that he saw the inevitable drift to an early collision between Russia and Japan, and that he had no choice in the outcome of the struggle. He wrote "The Chinese Court officials often say we should not give up Manchuria to Russia, but such speeches only people can make who do not know present conditions or cannot read the future. If we now leave Manchuria to the Rus- sians, it does not matter in the least, because Japan will certainly annex Korea, and as soon as the two nations meet at the boundary great differences will arise. "In case of war, if Japan is defeated we shall help ihe Russians to crush Japan. Then out of gratitude Russia will return to us Manchuria and keep Korea. Should Russia be defeated by Japan, however, we will simply drive the Rus- sians out of Manchuria on the plea of helping Japan, and in this way, without much trouble, receive back the province. "At present to get back Manchuria is difficult. England places much weight on Manchuria, but we need not heed this, because England cannot accomplish anything there by force. Germany is neutral, France looks at the situation from the distance, and America is silent. With all these countries we, therefore, have nothing to do. Our viceroys in South China, who speak otherwise, have no understanding of affairs. "I therefore ask you to take the greatest trouble that the Empress widow does not hear the views of the viceroys. I cannot live much longer, and am near death. I hope that after nay death you will follow my principles."

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RETURN OF WARNER'S TEAM,

DEATH OF DR. SMILES. I

! CATARRH AND INFLUENZA. !

BURIED ALIVE.

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! PROBLEM OF THE INEBRIATES.

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ITO BE GROWN AND SHOWN. <

WM HOSPITALS LOOK BARE. |

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AN EXECUTOR'S LIABILITY.

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