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early porting dftjH, he m-ght hnvp ma 4« n-« of them. His fir*t premoni'io.i c*me when he was still edit inet,!'o " No hern "oho," Darlington, nmi wisth-v bfl w'.'«'fl j-iti M-" Pal' Mall Gnz-rtfe" in London within the your. So it tamed out. His second premonition when aseiatant editor of the " Pall Mull" was that he would soon become its editor Mr Morley was editor at the tune, but Mr Stead lost no time in telling him of bis virion. Mr Morley came to consuit him about some ohanga w the JapVwhioh would effect Mr c work •—" Excuse me, Mr Morlay, be said, " when will the new arrangeLnt come into effect?" ''• In May, *IMiink, M waß the reply. Then.said I "yon uee.l not trouble to disouae it with me, I Bball have lul charge of the ' Pall Mall Gazette before that time. Too will not be here then ; you will bo in Parliament." Stkad and thb Bokr War. One of the most interesting chap tells in Mr Stead's own words of hie friendship with Cecil Rhodes, and how Rhodes selected him as chief disposer of his fortune, but after eight years struck hia name oat of the list or executors. O i a After the Jamieson Raid, btead told Khodea frankly that he ought to bo sent to gaol, When Rhodes came back to face the music " be fully expected that he would be imprisoned, and had even planned out a course of reading by whioh he hoped to improve the en forced sojourn in a convict cell. The remarkable thing is that the friendship survived these diffionlt con troversiea When the war was at its height in April, 1900, Rhodes " taking my hand in both of hia with a tenderness quite unusual to bim, aaid ;—" Now, I want you to under stand that if, in lα'are, you should unfortunately f«el yourself compelled to attack me personally as vehemently aa you have attacked my policy in ttm war, it will make no difference to om friendship. 1 air. too grateful to y. X for all 1 have learned from you to allow anything you may write or say to raako any change in our relations How few public men there are who would say that! And yet men mar vel that I loved him-and love him stilt.

A PfIIMONITION OF THE TITANIC. A strange coincidence may be noted with reference to his end. In 1892 Mr Stead wrote a dramatic story of how a man was saved from an ica b9rg. He gave the name Majestic to the ship, and published a portrait of the real captain of the MnjesticOaptaia Smith. Twenty years later that captain and the writer of the Btory shared a common fate witb hundreds more, victims of the iceberg which the ill fated Titanic struck. Mr Stead went down with the Titanic in April of last year, Did he have any intimation or warning of bis fate before he sailed ? Yes, says Miss Btead, but he did not realise the im port of these messages or signs:— During the winter mouths, she writes, be was constantly receiving messages bidding him put his bouse in order. 80 ho put bis bouse in order—arranged things in office and home, often speaking of bow he wished things carried on, if be should be any length of time.

From Queenatown he wrote home : —" SonietbiDg ia awaiting me (u> America), some important work, th<nature of which will be disclosed in good time, but wbafc it i?, wbetbrr journalistic, spiritual, social, or politi cal, I know not. I await ray marching orderg, being assured that He who has called me will make clear His good will and pleasure in due ueason."

His marching orders came in midAtlantic—to him and many others— and we can well believe the testimony of those who saw him that he went to hie death with the calm courage of what was, with all its extravagances, a noble soul.

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Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4349, 14 November 1913

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Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4349, 14 November 1913

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