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ANNIVERSARIES.

Huig van Groot, better known by the Latinised form of his name, Hugo Grotius, the Dutch scholar, Jurist and theologian, whose mas

terpiece, 'On the Laws of war ana Peace,' was for long the standard work on international law, was born at Delft, Holland, on April 10, 1583. William Hazlitt, English essay ist and literary critic, was born at Maidstone on April IO, 1778. Lew Wallace, the American sol dier, who saw active service dur ing the war between the United States and Mexico, and was a major-general in the Federal forces during the American Civil War, and who was the author of 'Ben Hur,' was born at Brookville, Indiana, on April 10, 1827. Sir John Leng, English journa list and newspaper proprietor, who was the first to experiment with illustrations in daily papers, was born at Hull on April 10, 1828. William Booth, English evange list, who founded the Salvation Army, was born at Nottingham on April 10, 1829. Captain John Macarthur, whose differences with Governor Bligh culminated in a military insurrec tion and the latter's deposition, and, who besides being the founder of the Australian woolgrowing in dustry, planted the first vineyard in Australia, died on April 10. 1834. Vladimir Hyitch Ulianof, the son of an hereditary Russian nobleman, who, under the alias of Lenin, became notorious as a revo lutionary and a German agent for the propagation of revolution in Russia during the Great War, and who was the leader of the Bol shevist movement which over threw Kerensky and the moderates in 1917, was born at Simbirsk on April 10, 1870. The Government of the Colony of New South Wales abolished all specific customs duties in favour of direct land and income taxa tion on April 10, 1889.

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