Death of the Queen

January 23 1901 - The shadow of death has settled over the throne.

January 23 1901 - The shadow of death has settled over the throne. Queen Victoria is no more. She passed away peacefully at Osborne, at half-past six o'clock to-night, amid the prayers and tears of her children.

At an early hour this morning, the weather was cold and gusty.

There were very few people at the Prince of Wales' gates in the grounds of Osborne House when the bulletins were posted up at irregular intervals.

In view of the terms of the message issued at midnight by the three physicians in attendance on Her Majesty, there was additional hope that this morning's news would be of a more favourable character.

It will be remembered that the midnight bulletin ran as follows: "There is no material change in the Queen's condition. The slight improvement of the morning has been maintained during the day. Food has been taken fairly well, and some tranquil sleep secured."

Intense and widespread disappointment and grief were consequently manifested when, at eight o'clock, a much earlier hour than on the previous days of the illness, the doctors issued the following bulletin:

Osborne, Tuesday, 8am

The Queen this morning shows signs of diminishing strength, and Her Majesty's condition again assumes a more serious aspect.

(Signed)

James Reid, M.D.

R Douglas Powell, M.D.

Thomas Barlow, M.D.

Beyond the bulletin, no official information was forthcoming, communication with Osborne House being cut off at the lodge gates except in the case of privileged visitors. As has been said, this latest bulletin caused the greatest anxiety.

It was the Lord Mayor who received the first information of Her Majesty's death. It was contained in the following telegram, received at seven o'clock:

Osborne, Tuesday, 6.40pm

The Prince of Wales to the Lord Mayor.

My beloved mother, the Queen, has just passed away, surrounded by her children and grandchildren.

(Signed) Albert Edward.

endsCaptions:175 queenWednesday January 23, 1901: Universal manifestations of grief begin.175 victoriaThe classic official photograph of Queen Victoria who reigned from 1837 to 1901.

Newcastle Electric Tramways

December 16 1901

Newcastle Electric Tramways

The Inauguration Today

Today will see the inauguration of four routes of the new electric tramways to be worked by the Corporation of Newcastle. Owing to the fact of the work not being complete, none of the routes to be opened can be run upon the scale that is intended when everything is in thorough order. For instance, the Gosforth and Osborne Road terminus will be at the Douglas Hotel, a few yards short of the sidings at the Central Station, while at the Gosforth end the cars will be taken only to the city boundary pending the rapidly approaching completion of the extension through the village. On Osborne Road, the widening of the thoroughfare has not yet been commenced. The Stanhope Street route to Byker cannot be used so long as the widening of the Byker Bridge is unfinished, and for the present the through route via New Bridge Street will be used only as far as the corner of the thoroughfare named and Pilgrim Street. From Byker there will, however, be communication via City Road and Raby Street to Pilgrim Street, but for the present the through run to the Central Station and thence westward will not be taken. We understand, too, that only a comparatively small number of cars are in readiness for today, so that even on the routes to be opened, limited as they are, it is probable that the service will come a good deal short of expectation, though, of course, every day should see an increase in the number of cars available. The system of fares is based on the rate of one penny for three or less stages, three-halfpence for every four consecutive stages, and any six consecutive stages on one route twopence. Experience may suggest alteration in some of the stages, but a consideration of the arrangement impresses one with the idea that the whole matter has been well thought out, and certainly the cost of travel is far less than anything of the kind that Newcastle has ever had before.

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