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THE LAST SAD RITES. I

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THE LAST SAD RITES. I The national calamity of the death of Queen l Victoria is still the ever-present theme of con- Ver8ation and interest. It will be some time let ere the Empire realises the full sense of ailg 1t has lost by the demise of its late venerated J Ve*eign, but the impressive scene to be enacted on Saturday on the occasion of the °M1 obsequies will shew, so far as the out-' 1tll.rd and visible manifestations of a grief- | tricken and mourning country can, how f tensely real and personal is the feeling of j i and regard among the sorrowing w Jects. The British as a race have never j i een accustomed to carry their hearts on their yes, have never allowed themselves to be tle^ away, like some nationalities, by tran. s either of joy or sorrow, and when, there- for,, the nature and scope of Saturday's o b servance are examined, some comprehension tn.a.y be formed of the genuineness of the Pes sorrow. It is not, of course, the <?n majesty of the funeral pageant to which ^e, U(*e« so much as the spontaneous desire 0j the Populace all over the country to make t4e day a hallowed one to the memory of their lately-'()St ??- It scarcely required the Co Con? issued by the King 0 n Monday night to 6 Saturday, the funeral day, an occasion for eneral mourning, but in the interests of j i ?Qif?"y the royal mandate is welcome, and the f— of a unanimous public opmion will nliure th ?au? ? ".?? carrying out of the observance to th ?y letter. It is in order that Saturday  be regarded as a day of solemn mourning 44" ??itation that this journal appears so ?  ? the week ? Thursday afternoon, and this ?? but a type of what is happening in ail ?tbn ? '?°???s of industry. Business is to be ?Qt' ?'y suspended. The banks, shops, manu- f?. t O'Ctl,riL,s and other hives of industry are to be 'CIO,3 ?hUe even the licensed houses of rfresh- ,?t are to be shut for the greater part of the 80 that the employes may have an oppor- tuir y °f joining in the memorable services of tb r)?' ?? funeral day will, to all intents and b?n ??s, be a Sunday. The Sunday time-table >}jl 'B 6a oreed upon our railway systems, and itl he enforced upon our railway systems, and it Is ??' perhaps, to remind our country 110 es who intend being present at these ser- eee ? this or any other city of this fact, also of th neCb38ity of making arrangements for their ? ?? comfort in view of the general closing ? houses that ordinarily minister to the *4nt 8 ? visitors. This simultaneous and ?. ?? *??ting of the people in city, town han"! et ?? the hour of the funeral to join ? th ? Memorial service to the beloved memory (? ^Qem°rial service to the beloved memory ? theIr late Sovereign will exercise an even Hj0 te Widely-felt influence than the imposing jf ^1 ?°d Military procession at the actual obse1uies, and cannot fail to leave an indelible t??P??saion upon the mind of every participant. 4 Our o?n neighbourhood the service at the Q 1^ral attract an infinitely larger con- 8 gRty ation than it is possible to accommodate, \1t, &s we explain elsewhere, the Cathedral Verities are striving their utmost to arrive ? solution of the problem which will reduce appointment to a minimum. l??e funeral itself will be on a scale of stately 1v:gnificence, worthy of the greatest monarch 0 eVer swayed the destinies of this vast l  It is exceedingly appropriate t\at the \1:\t rtion of the last journey of the mortal ? aiQs of Queen Victoria should be by sea, h? ? it admits to a share in the mournful B ?tf) ? ? ?? Navy, which, above all things else, ? ^g8 ^koiical of the might an d greatness of Q???cal of the might and greatness of r,ba.tritain in the eyes of the world. At an ? hour on Friday afternoon the casket con- t? °S the Royal remains will be removed from O?L °rne House and will be borne on a gun- ? House and will be borne on a gun- I (i?..?SC with a military escort to the pier at  the naval part of the ceremony I ? b?. ?' where the naval part of the ceremony 1 1> 1ns. In the quadrangle of Trinity Pier a y of bluejackets will move the body on 1  ?ne Royal yacht Alberta, which will be bil"t ell by eight torpedo-boat destroyers in t 'tr iltirans of division, and will ba followed i4ltQ,d1.8'Wly by the Royal yacht Victoria and 416 rt,conveying the King and Queen and all I t? p?? Family, also the German Emperor. 4 T? °?I yacht Osborne, the Imperial yacht 4 DZ°^ftra and the Admiralty and Trinity ?cbt 8,ro to o °??? in order of the procession, ??ich ?? steam through the lines of British I ?d steam through the lines of British 067ad forein warships, cruisers, and gunboats ^red ??° ?? ? ??1? cables apart ftolq wo and a half cables apart ?!h ?owes to Spithead. The moment ^6AlhGrta leaves Cawes the mournful booming ??. ?te-guns from the battle-ships will be?. the fact that the body of the dead qtl '?ell has been taken in charge by the Royal Navy an(J the progress of the cort?ge will be Y4g,t-ke1cl by the ceasing of fire by each ship the r4o)JQ,B the Royal yachts pass that particular station ?°?? the procession passes the last ??-of '??' the Majestic, the forts and ships Itt (,rta Outh Harbour are to contribute their ?ta. ?we-inspiring music in the form of ilill -911,18 and funeral airs from the bands, ??e te ???P? will be manned and ensigns ?? TT ??? Jacks displayed at half-mast. The ?t? ? the Solent have been the silent ?it? ?? of many a brave Naval spectacle, but ?thi ? a roaching the solemn grandeur of a6 It ill be seen there on Friday. In Satur- tQ.el s Prora.mme the Army will have the ei P' 11 privilee of bestowing the honours ? a ???htary funeral upon her who was ao go iQ its head and who was proud It herself a soldier's daughter. I ?. F4 impossible in advance to con- j &Q exaggerated impression of the splen- ??f ? ?? military and State pageant tha I Of the military and State pageant tha ?Ha ??Pany the royal funeral through the !tt? 8 the metropolis on its way to Windsor, bq:t8 ? the metropolis on its way to Windsor, 4t it 13 ratifying to know that the volunteers M<iij.- ???°?I forces will bd represented, in i. t ? ?o the regular army, and that the ri 7a clIl)a" states of Europe have sent as their ??t? ??"?Hves their actual rulers, their heirs- ? ??o .? or specially distinguished envoys, *4 0 Will find a place of honour in the proces- latter fact bespeaks the vital import. ? %i4 Wh i,-h constitutional sovereignty possesses ? thn ?? of these Powers, while the presence ? ? tho? representing the Colonies is peculiarly Rtt, 11 at a moment when the bonds between b\> other-country and her over-sea possessions 4 A,, ti been kmt together by the unmistakable  estations of exuberant patriotism and ?t?t ??tions 04 exu b erant patriotism and ?y?.

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