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There is n very interesting paper on presentiments— mggested, of course, by the terrible Paris fire—in that staid and reliable periodical 'The Journal des Debats.' It is from the pen of M. Henri de Parville, than whom there is no greater authority on matters relating to hallucination, second sight, obsession, and kindred subjects. First, the fact is noted that Madame Julie GaTivet, one of che victims of the fire, had a clear presentiment of her death. When she bade her friends good-bye on the morning of the fatal day it was evident that she never expected to see them again. She said that during the night she had suffered from a frightful nightmare, and that sue had dreamed of being burned alive. Equally

BingulaY; wasf. the of a Parisian doctor— This gentleman:was taking a walk: one afternoon, when suddenly the thought .struck him that.' his honj>e might catch fir* during hfs absence. There was reason wlry'any such accident should take:place-; nevertheless, the doctor hurried' home,, and, surd' enough, as» he approached the'dwelling he saw volumes of smoke pouring from one of the chimneys. Rushing in, he found that .the flue in the room adjoining his own had caught fire. Thanks to his he was soon able to quench the flames. - -

John. Garside,, an old- man, was; found drowned in a water race at Hindou yesterday afternoon. He iu Eupposed to have fallen into the race, . The week's composition on the 'Sydney Morning Herald' is between five and six million en?, or metal types, and in one week was known to have materially exceeded the latter number. The 'Herald' claims that : these figures are not exceeded by any newspaper in London, and are perhaps equalled only by the 'Manchester-Guardian'—the largest paper issued in Great Britain. The ' Sydney Morning Herald's' first issue .'was printed in 1837, five days before the accession of the Queen, and; the type used ou the occasion would not-greatly exceed one and a-half hundredweight.: The closing scene in the King Country raid was the offer for. sale by auction of the confiscated whißky, beer:, eio. Latest advices from the King Country state that liquor is as plentiful as ever. The system adopted by the Taranaki Hospitable and Charitable Aid Board of "farming out" destitute children has been a decided success. In 1892 the Board paid away £ll2 6s to Hie industrial schools, while last year the amount was only £4 odd. It seems strange that one of the finest free libraries in the world should be built"-at. Southport, the great' resort' of pleasureseekers. This splendid building contains 27,000 volumes.

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FOREWARNINGS OF DEATH., Issue 10456, 28 October 1897

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FOREWARNINGS OF DEATH. Issue 10456, 28 October 1897

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