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DEATH OF SIR ROBERT HERBERT.

QUEENSLAND'S FIRST PREMIER. LONDON, May, 6.

The death is announced of Sir Robert George Wyndham Herbert, aged 74 yeears. (Sir Robert G. W. Herbert was born at Brighton on the 12th June, 1831. He was

admitted to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1858. Having been secretary to Mr. Gladstone when Chancellor of t'hs Ex chequer, in 1855, he emigrated to Aus tralia, and going to Queensland he became, in March, 1859, Colonial Secretary of that colony after its separation from New South Wales, sibling in the first Legislative Assembly for Leionhardt, and becoming lite first Premier of Queensland. Hi« ad ministration lasted till February, 1866, Mr. Herbert holding the additional position of Acting Colonial Treasurer from October, 1864. He Tvas again Premier without port folio for a few days in July and August of the year 1866. Returning to England, he was one of the assistant secretaries to the Board of Trade, from 1868 to February, 1870, When he was appointed Assistant Under Secretary for the Colonies. On 21st •May, 1871, he was appointed Permanent Under Secretary fox the Colonies, and in February, 1892, after over twenty years' service, be resigned that important post. At the same time be resigned the secretary ship o£ the Order of St. Michael and St.

George, which 'he had held since 1877. Mr. Herbert was created Knight Commander of the Bath in 1882, and received tlxe Grand Cross of the Bath in 1892. He was Agent- General for Tasmania from 1893 to 1896, and .bflfl—fotfly 'been chairman of Mr. CkamberteuvlpTarill Reform Commission.)

' A BuiTsfctn M"j(fot of age until lie is 20 ye^-s^d. U^ttU that time at least four ,fish'B of his ■.'bantings must go to hia parents. ' ..During the mobilisation of the reserves in Russia 40,000 men have failed to re opond to orders, and 18,000 lhave escaped over the frontier.

Tc the United States belongs the crei.t of 'having the only genuine horse marines. Twelve marines have been mounted at "the navy yard, Mare Island, California, aud regularly patrol the island. > A Blackburn man owns a Shetland pony ■v.ihich is believed to be the smallest in the kingdom. Four years old, fully grown, jet black, -with a long, shaggy coat, it is only 27V^in. high, or short of seven hands. Under the Belgian law, unmarried men over 25 'have one vote, married men widowers with families have two vo^^B and priests and other persons of posit^i and education have three votes. Severe penalties are imposed on those who fail to vote.

PRESENTATION OF DRUM CURTAINB AMD r BAHOEROirI TO THE QUEENSLAND REGIMENT OF AUSTRALIAN, /ORSE. , (Photo, by Ruddle.

THE LATE SIR ROBERT HERBERT, First Premier of Queensland, whose death in England was announced this week..

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