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Journal," August 6th, 1730, quoting the
Daily Post, is to the point: "Eton, Aug. 1.
This day was celebrated the anniversary
diversion of hunting the ram by the scholars
What made the solemnity more remarkable
was, that his Royal Highness the Duke (of
Cumberland) was pleas'd to honour it with his
presence, the Captain of the School presented
him with a ram-club, with which his Royal
Highness struck the first stroke. His Royal
Highness was in at the death of the ram, and
his club was all bloody'd according to custom."
After this, speeches were made, and other
ceremonies performed, "and it was generally
observed that his Royal Highness returned to
well pleas'd." In his next
Windsor very well pleas'd."
number, the "Grubean" editor published a
Latin epigram on this subject.

THE Pall Mall Gazette, a few days back, spoke of the Statistics of the colony of Victoria as being admirably prepared. As we stated some time since, the Registrar-General of the colony is Mr. W. H. Archer, and the Statistics are his work. They are a model to all countries.

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Don Justo Zaragoza, who has been for a long time at work upon his History of Latin America,' has been accorded permission to examine the Archives referring to the subject in the private library of the Ex-Queen Isabella, and where he hopes to unearth some valuable records.

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a copy, on large paper, of the 'Iphigénie en
Aulide,' by Gluck, in French, Italian, and
German. The gifts of MSS. mostly consisted
of Oriental works. The Library has likewise
received back a bundle of autograph letters of
Lucas Holstenius, which had been taken away
from its presses.

first, the troglodytes, who inhabited the caverns and rock-shelters so abundant in certain parts of France; secondly, the dolmen-builders, who erected megalithic structures during the later stone period; and, thirdly, the iron-using folk, who raised tumuli in Eastern France. It is a curious fact, illustrated by a map accompanying M. Bertrand's communication, that a sharp line may be drawn dividing France into a western and an eastern zone dolmens which contain objects commonly of stone, the former being characterized by the presence of rarely of bronze, and never of iron; whilst the latter, or eastern zone, is equally characterized by tumuli containing objects commonly of iron, rarely of bronze, and never of stone.

Although craniologists are constantly engaged in taking measurements of the skull in every possible tunity of studying the interior of the cranium. direction externally, they rarely have an opporBut, as the value of the cranium over other parts of the skeleton depends mainly on the fact that it of the skull is more important than its exterior. encloses the brain, it is obvious that the cavity Yet the cranial cavity cannot well be studied without sawing the skull asunder, and spoiling it. Hence great credit is due to Dr. Broca for devising an ingenious means of studying the interior without the necessity of opening the cranium. The instruments for effecting this object

are described and figured in the last number of the Bulletins de la Société d'Anthropologie de Paris.

A short description of the Negritos of the Philippine Islands has been communicated, by Dr. A. B. Meyer, to a Dutch East Indian periodical. These people call themselves Ahetas, but were termed by the Spaniards Negritos, of course the diminutive of the word Negro. As but few skulls of this little-known race have hitherto reached Europe, and even those may not all been

authenticated, Dr. Meyer sought to secure some ceeded. Ethnologists will look forward with some Negrito skeletons, and after some difficulty sucinterest to the promised description of these remains.

Dr. Petermann publishes, in his Geographische Mittheilungen, a letter from Dr. N. visit to the Negritos of the Isle of Luzon. He v. Miklucho Maclay, describing the writer's finds that the Negrito skull is brachycephalic, measurements of twenty individuals having shown that the cephalic index varied between 87.5 and 90. It is believed that the Negritos are closely related to the Papuans of New Guinea, in spite of the fact that the Papuan skull is said to be dolichoMaría Fabié has been elected a Member of cephalic. The writer expresses his conviction, the Academy of History. however, that several distinct types may be recognized among the inhabitants of New Guinea.

WE learn from Madrid that Don Antonio

AMONG new American books which will be ready in a few weeks are, 'The Life of Theodore "Amidst the discussion of the question raised Parker,' by the Rev. O. B. Frothingham, and a 'Life of Prof. Agassiz,' by Mrs. Agassiz.

THE New York Nation says:

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by Professor Goldwin Smith, whether Americans
hate England, the Sun of this city has given rise
to another whether Mr. Bernard Quaritch, the
eminent London bookseller, has an intense dislike
of the United States, which he is said to take plea-
sure in exhibiting to Americans visiting his shop
in Piccadilly.' The Sun, in reviewing lately with
praise Mr. Quaritch's catalogue of his collection of
old books, made the allegation which we have just
quoted. The writer does not seem to have spoken
from personal knowledge, and we presume there
are plenty of Americans whose information or ex-
perience is precisely the reverse of his...
Mr. Quaritch... in a letter, addressed Decem-
ber 27, to the Sun, says that its writer could
not have made a greater mistake:-'Indeed, a
"peculiarity" for which I am noted-and not
always charitably noted-is a proneness to give
warmer welcome to visitors from the United States
than to most others. I try to make my house a
regular place of call and centre of interest for
Americans in London; and I believe that no one
from the States who has entered my "shop in Pic-
cadilly" is unaware of the fact. This conduct is
not dictated by any special predilection for people
who happen to have been born in the lands between
the Atlantic and the Pacific; but because I believe
the great Republic is heir of a marvellous future,
and that her children will predominate amongst

the inhabitants of a renovated world.'"

THE death is announced of Mr. J. C. Grocott, of Liverpool, a gentleman who, though practising as a solicitor for more than half a century, found time to devote to literature. He published several works on legal subjects, but to the general public his name will be to some extent familiar as the author of An Index to Quotations, Ancient and Modern,' the first edition of which was published twenty years ago.

Old and New, an

OUR readers will remember that in his
Autobiography,' Mr. J. S. Mill says that,
'Autobiography,' Mr. J. S. Mill says that,
when a boy, he wrote "a Roman History,
picked out of Hooke."
American magazine, asserts that this history
was printed under the title of 'Pictures of
Roman History,' by Messrs. Darton. Old and
New, however, adduces no proof to corroborate
its ascription of the authorship of the volume
to Mr. Mill.

THE death is announced of Dr. Hezekiel, the well-known editor of the Kreuz Zeitung, of

Berlin.

THE Historical Society of Lombardy intends to publish an Archivio Storico Lombardo. It will be issued quarterly. The London agents are Messrs. Dulau.

MR. WALTER THORNBURY is going to lecture on Holborn and its associations, beginning with Furnival's Inn and Charles Dickens, and ending with the Blue Boar Inn, where Cromwell ripped from the saddle the concealed

letter of Charles the First.

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ANTHROPOLOGICAL NOTES.

DR. PAUL BROCA, one of the most eminent anthropologists in France, opens the current number of his Revue d'Anthropologie with a capital paper, entitled 'La Race Celtique, Ancienne

et Moderne.' In this contribution to the much

Whilst the true

vexed Celtic question, he takes occasion to point
out the ethnic differences between the Celts and
the Belgae of Julius Cæsar.
Celtic skull is brachycephalic, that of the Belgic
or Kymric race is dolicocephalic. The Auvergnats
appear to have preserved in great purity the old
Celtic type, but the Parisians are supposed to share
equally in Celtic and in Kymric blood. Between
these two groups come the Bas-Bretons, who
exhibit the physical characters of the Celts in a
marked degree, and the Bretons-Gallots, in whom
the Celtic element asserts itself still more strongly.
In a letter addressed by M. Alexandre Bertrand,
the Director of the Museum of Saint-Germain, to
the editor of the Revue d'Anthropologie, the writer
and Gauls from the point of view offered by pre-
discusses at some length the origin of the Celts
historic archæology. Added to the Iberian or
Ligurian element, we may trace three non-historic
ethnic groups which have contributed to the com-
position of the Gaulish nationality. These are:

In constructing a new harbour at Kiel, a skull has been found at some depth in a deposit of peat. This relic has been carefully studied by Dr. Pansch, who believes that, although there are no definite geological grounds for assigning to it a high antiquity, yet it is probably referable to pre-historic times. It differs in many respects from the modern Schleswig-Holstein type.

The last number of the Archiv für Anthropologie opens with a paper, by Prof. Carl Rau, of New York, on 'Amerikanische Gesichtsvasen.' These curious examples of early pottery have, of late, attracted the attention of many archeologists, and the present paper, without adding much to our knowledge of the subject, offers some interesting descriptions of certain American specimens. Some of these vessels have the figure of the human head on the belly; in others the head is represented on the neck of the vase, and forms its mouth; whilst, in a third class, the vessel itself presents the form of a kneeling figure. Some fine examples of vessels with human faces are found among the early efforts of the Peruvian potters.

DR. NEIL ARNOTT.

ON the 2nd inst., at his residence, Cumberland Terrace, Regent's Park, in his eighty-sixth year, Neil Arnott closed his useful career. He was the son of a Scotch gentleman, whose family for generations had been connected with Upper Dysart, Montrose.

and Vapour Constituent of the Atmosphere,' by
Mr. H. F. Blanford,-'On White Lines in the
Solar Spectrum,' and 'Note on Displacement of
the Solar Spectrum,' by Mr. J. B. N. Hennessey.

Few men have done more towards accelerating this change than he whose loss we mourn.

In 1869, Dr. Arnott gave to each of the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and St. Andrews a donation of 1,000l., for the promotion of the study of experimental physics among the medical students. He also placed 2,000l. at the disposal of the Senate of the University of London to found a scientific scholarship.

He was born in 1789. His early education was
obtained in the Aberdeen Grammar School, and
in due time he entered the University of that
city as a medical student; but from the first he
gave a large share of his time and attention to
natural philosophy. After having graduated, he
left Scotland, came to London, and in a little time
obtained an appointment as surgeon in the Naval
Service of the East India Company. In the course
of a few years we find Dr. Arnott established as a
physician in London, and he was so successful as
to be appointed in a very short time the physician
to the French and Spanish Embassies. Having
delivered a course of lectures on the Circulation of
the Blood, on the Mechanical Forces active in the
Phenomena of Life, and kindred subjects, which
were considered remarkable from the extreme
clearness with which difficult points were ex-
plained, he was persuaded to write a popular
treatise on science. In 1827, Dr. Arnott's
'Elements of Physics' was published, and, so
great was its popularity, that within five years
five large editions were called for, although the
concluding chapters on Electricity and Astronomy
had not yet been written. The book was trans-
lated into the principal languages of Europe, and
various reprints were made in North America.
Rapidly extending professional duties, and the
various calls made upon him, prevented Dr.
Arnott from completing his "Elements" until
1864, when Part I. of the sixth and completed
edition was published, Part II. following in 1865.
Dr. Arnott was requested by the General Board
of Health to aid them, by written reports and
otherwise, in public sanitary matters; and when,
in 1836, the Government founded the University
of London, Dr. Arnott was appointed a member
of the Senate. He was ever most active and
zealous in arranging the courses to be pursued by
candidates for the University degrees, and in
organizing the competitive examinations in general
knowledge which have been since so widely
adopted. In 1838, Dr. Arnott was elected a
Fellow of the Royal Society. In addition to his
high claims to distinction as a physician, and to
the position in the ranks of science which Dr.
Arnott achieved by the peculiar excellence of his
writings, he won honours in the field of practical
experiment, and in that of the useful applications
of scientific knowledge. "Arnott's stove" (which
obtained the Rumford medal from the Royal
Society in 1854) is well known. Its value, as one
of most scientific and economical arrangements

for burning fuel, so as to secure the largest
Yet
possible amount of heat, is admitted.
Arnott, with all his zeal, and notwithstanding the
examples of its use in his own house, where an almost

unvarying temperature was constantly maintained,
failed in securing for his invention anything like
a general adoption of it. This, however, and the
simple, ingenious, and useful "Arnott's ventilator,"
and his "Water-bed," connects his name with
those who have benefited their race.

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In 1861, Dr. Arnott published A Survey of Human Progress,' in which he surveyed the advancement of men from the lowest state of savage life to the highest state of European civilization. Dr. Arnott wrote, "But there is a change going on in the world, connected closely with the progress of science, yet distinct from it, and not less important than many of the scientific discoveries themselves-it is the diffusion of exist

ing knowledge among the masses of mankind." the thirteenth century.-Mr. Franks called atten- facture of their arrow-heads during an occupancy

of some considerable time on the spot.-A paper was read, by Dr. S. Holden, 'On a peculiar Neolithic Implement from Antrim.'

GEOLOGICAL.-Feb. 20.-Annual General Meeting.-His Grace the Duke of Argyll, President, in the chair.-The Secretary read the Reports of the Council, and of the Library and Museum Committee. The general condition of the Society was said to be satisfactory.-After presenting the medals and the proceeds of the Murchison and Wollaston Funds, the President read his Anniversary Address. The Address was prefaced by some obituary notices of Fellows and Foreign Members and correspondents deceased during the past year, including Mr. J. W. Flower, Mr. J. G. Marshall, Prof. Agassiz, and M. de Verneuil.-The ballot for the Council and Officers was taken, and the following were duly elected: President, J. Evans; VicePresidents, R. Etheridge, R. A. C. Godwin-Austen, Sir C. Lyell, Bart., and J. Prestwich; Secretaries, D. Forbes and Rev. T. Wiltshire; Foreign Secretary, W. W. Smyth; Treasurer, J. G. Jeffreys; Council, the Duke of Argyll, H. Bauerman, Prof. G. Busk, J. F. Campbell, F. Drew, Sir P. de M. G. Egerton, Bart., M.P., R. Etheridge, J. Evans, D. Forbes, Capt. D. Galton, R. A. C. Godwin-Austen, J. G. Jeffreys, Sir C. Lyell, Bart., C. J. A. Meyer, J. C. Moore, J. Prestwich, Prof. A. C. Ramsay, S. Sharp, W. W. Smyth, Prof. J. Tennant, W. Whitaker, Rev. T. Wiltshire, and H. Woodward.

Feb. 25.-J. Evans, Esq., President, in the chair.-Mr. A. J. Jukes-Browne and the Rev. M. H. Close were elected Fellows.-The following communications were read: 'Geological Notes on a Journey from Algiers to the Sahara,' by Mr. G. Maw,-'On the Trimerellidæ, a Palæozoic Family of the Palliobranchs or Brachiopoda,' by Mr. T. Davidson and Prof. W. King, and Note on the Occurrence of Sapphires and Rubies in situ with Corundum, at the Culsagee Corundum Mines, Macon Co., North Carolina,' by Col. C. W. Jenks.

SOCIETIES.

ROYAL.-Feb. 26.-The President in the chair.The following papers were read: 'The Winds of Northern India in Relation to the Temperature |

SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES.-Feb. 26.-C. S. Per-
ceval, Esq., V.P., in the chair.-Lord Mahon, M.P.,
was elected a Fellow.-Mr. J. Brent communicated
ing the past year. Mr. A. W. Franks exhibited,
an account of antiquarian discoveries in Kent dur-
from his own collection, six more brass dishes of
Feb. 5.-Mr. G. W. G. Leveson Gower exhibited
the same description as that exhibited by him on
some Romano-British urns found at Frimley, in the
parish of Ash; and, by permission of the Rev. G.
Hoare, some similar urns found at Godstone,
Surrey. Mr. Franks remarked that one of these
urns was of a very peculiar type, and resembled
rather the Merovingian urns found in Gaul.-Mr.
T. Layton exhibited various objects found in the
Thames-1, an Anglo-Saxon umbo, or boss of a
shield; 2, an iron axe of uncertain date; 3, a
rapier of the sixteenth century; 4, a very remark-
able Roman sword, with a portion of the bronze
covering of the sheath. This covering was richly

decorated with repoussé work; among the decora-
tions was the popular representation of the fable
of Romulus and Remus. The rest of the plaque
was filled with foliage and flowers, birds, butterflies,
and rabbits. This sword recalled the so-called

sword found at Wiesbaden, and figured in Linden-
sword of Tiberius in the British Museum, and a
schmit. Mr. W. Bragge exhibited two Psalters of

tion to some names which had been erased from
the Calendars of these Psalters, but which he had
succeeded in deciphering. These names led to
the conclusion that the Psalters were of Swedish
origin.

INSTITUTION OF CIVIL ENGINEERS.-March 3.T. E. Harrison, Esq., President, in the chair.Sixteen candidates were elected, including three Members, viz., Messrs. A. W. Brind, A. H. M'Donald, and J. A. Paskin. Thirteen were elected Associates, viz., Lieut.-Col. C. S. Hutchinson, Messrs. R. Ballard, O. Brown, T. Duerdin, M. Graham, G. G. M. Hardingham, S. H. James, H. Loupold, M. Longridge, F. B. Maclaren, J. C. Searle, C. W. Whitaker, and A. Woods.-The Council have transferred Messrs. J. Gordon and J. Tomlinson, jun., from the class of Associate to that of Member; and had also admitted the following Candidates as Students of the Institution, viz., Messrs. J. E. Catton, W. P. Churchward, H. H. Hely, W. H. Jones, W. G. Kerle, J. E. Paul, and W. Pole, jun. The papers read were, 'On the Great Basses Lighthouse, Ceylon,' by Mr. W. Douglass, and 'On the Tracing and Construction of Roads in Mountainous Tropical Countries,' by Major J. Browne.

ROYAL SOCIETY OF LITERATURE.-Feb. 25.-
Sir P. de Colquhoun, V.P., in the chair.-A paper
was read, contributed by M. Ferdinand de Bompois,
'On an Unique Coin of the Town of Ichnae, in
Macedonia,' in which he gave an interesting and
learned account of this remarkable piece of the
early part of the fifth century B.C., and suggested
a new arrangement of the coins of that part of
Northern Greece.

ROYAL INSTITUTION.-Feb. 2.-G. Busk, Esq., Treas. and V.P., in the chair.-Capt. A. Baillie, the Rev. F. Bowyer, Mrs. A. Brandreth, Mrs. C. Southwell, Miss L. Garrard, Miss H. Gassiot, the Hon. A. Michie, Capt. W. D. Miller, Messrs. W. F. Ball, T. R. Bannon, C. J. Busk, J. W. Busk, W. H. Challis, J. G. Fraser, C. A. Hanbury, W. T. F. M. Ingall, J. S. Phené, S. Rivington, A. B. Shepherd, and A. M. Silber, were elected

Members.

ANTHROPOLOGICAL INSTITUTE.-Feb. 24.-Sir D. Gibb in the chair.-Mr. B. Lloyd read a paper 'On the Beothucs, a tribe of Red Indians, supposed to be extinct, which formerly inhabited Newfoundland.' The author, after reviewing the various accounts related of the Aborigines of the island from the time of Sebastian Cabot downwards, gave the results of the information he picked up from various sources during an exploratory cruise he made last summer round the coast of Newfoundland, respecting the tribe of Indians which inhabited the island up to a period which terminated about forty years ago, when, by reason of the cruelties practised on them by the English fishermen, and the warfare carried on against them by the Micfinally the few of them that were left, it is thought, mac Indians, they were reduced in number, and disappeared.-Mr. Lloyd also read Notes on crossed over the Straits of Belleisle, or at all events

Indian Remains found on the coast of Labrador."

The Indian remains found on the coast of Labrador consisted of rudely constructed buildings of stone slabs, which were discovered on the sea-shore at They were described to the author as Indian

the western entrance of the Straits of Belleisle.

graves, but there was no evidence to show that such was the use to which they had been applied. On the contrary, it seemed probable they were stone wigwams, built by some Indian families for a summer residence. The author was fortunate

enough to discover, at L'Anse du Diable, which is a cave situated about twenty miles east of the locality where the so-called Indian graves were found, a few arrow-heads of quartzite and hyaline quartz, on a sandy "barren," which stretched inland' from the head of the cave. From circoncluded that the locality had been chosen by cumstances connected with the cave, the author

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Geological, 8.- Relationship existing between the Echinothuridae (W. Thomson) and the Perischoechinidae (M'Coy),' Mr. R. Etheridge, jun.; Discovery of Foraminifera, &c. in the Boulder-Clays of Cheshire,' Mr. W. Shone, jun.; 'Occurrence of a Tremadoc Area near the Wrekin, in South Shrop. shire, with Description of a New Fauna,' Mr. C. Callaway. Society of Arts, 8.- Manufacture of Cocoa,' Mr. J. Holm

British Archæological Association, 8.- Pilgrimage to Brom- solid bodies present in the atmosphere of Calcutta

holm, in Norfolk,' Dr. Simpson. THURS. Royal Institution, 3.-Cryptogamic Vegetation, Ferns and

Mosses,' Prof. W. C. Williamson.

and the neighbourhood. The Report is very complete. The observations were carried on within two large jails in Calcutta, and were fifty-nine in number, the first being made on the 26th of February, and the last the 18th of September, 1872. The direction and velocity of the wind for each day is given, and the statistics of disease. A series of fourteen lithographic plates, each containing many figures of the atmospheric organisms detected, accompanies the text. The final results appear to be that spores and other vegetable cells are constantly present in atmospheric dust; that no connexion can be traced between the numbers of bacteria, spores, &c., and the occurrence of disease; and that the amount of débris suspended in the atmosphere is directly dependent on conditions of moisture and of velocity of wind.

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Royal Academy, 8.- Architecture,' Mr. E. M. Barry. Antiquaries, &- Silver Plates with a Chart of Sir F. Drake's Voyage,' Mr. A. W. Franks; Roman Remains of Mendip,' Rev. H. M. Scarth.

Mathematical, 8.- Cartesian Equation of the Circle which Cuts three given Circles at given Angles,' Mr. J. Griffiths; Another System of Poristic Equations,' Prof. Wolstenholme. Society of Arts, 8.- Races of Dardistan (North-West of Cashmere),' Dr. Leitner.

Astronomical, 8.
Royal Institution, 9.-Chemical Changes accompanying the
Smelting of Iron in Blast Furnaces,' Dr. C. R. A. Wright.
Royal Institution, 3.- Ephesus,' Mr. C. T. Newton.
United Service Institution, 3.-Retreat of the Ten Thousand,
a Military Study for all Time,' Major-General J. L. Vaughan.
Botanic, 34.-Election of Fellows.

Science Gossip.

'ON the Nonsensical Assumption that M. Vambéry never travelled in Central Asia,' is the title of a lengthy paper published by the Russian Councillor of State, M. Grigoriyeff, in No. 26 of the Russky Mir, in St. Petersburg. Mr. Schuyler, who visited Bokhara and some of the neighbouring countries last year, finding some inaccuracies in M. Vambéry's books, came, as our readers are aware, to the conclusion that M. Vambéry never visited Central Asia. M. Grigoriyeff does not share M. Schuyler's opinions. The inaccuracies detected in M. Vambéry's book had, he says, been already noticed by a Russian officer, who, although speaking of the shortcomings of M. Vambéry, caused by the extremely difficult position in which he was, on the other hand corroborates many of the details of the Hungarian traveller.

WE regret to hear that Dr. Beke is suffering somewhat from the fatigue caused by his journey to Mount Sinai, and that he will, therefore, not return so soon as was expected.

THE death is reported of Mr. Philip Barnes, at the age of eighty-two. He was the founder, in 1838, of the Royal Botanic Society in the Regent's Park.

THE Report on the forty-sixth meeting of German men of Science at Wiesbaden shows that

many important papers were read, the larger number being purely chemical. Amongst others of general interest, we may name M. A. Mayer's account of his experiments to determine the power possessed by plants to absorb ammonia above the surface of the ground. The general result being that the healthful growth of the plant was interfered with if the introduction of ammonia by the roots was prevented. M. Flight described some curious experiments on the influence of heat and light on the colour of the diamond. Diamonds of a yellow colour, from the Vaal river, lost their colour when heated to redness in a current of hydrogen, and remained colourless when cold in the dark, but if exposed to light they gradually recovered their

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WE have received 'Microscopic Examinations of Air,' by D. Douglas Cunningham, M.B., of the Indian Medical Service. This volume contains the results of observations on the nature of the

Ir is worth noting that, according to a Report made to the Lyons Society of Industrial Sciences, the Broom (Sarothamnus scoparium), which grows so abundantly in many parts of this country, and which has been long known to yield a yellow dye, and a fibre which has been used as thread, may, by a little care, be made to produce a fibre quite equal to hemp in strength and fineness.

NOW OPEN, in the GALLERIES of Messrs. THOMAS AGNEW & SONS, 5, Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, the ANNUAL EXHIBITION of Selected WATER-COLOUR DRAWINGS, by Deceased and Living Artists, from 10 until 5 o'clock. Admission, including Catalogue, 18.

FINE ARTS

ROYAL ACADEMY of ARTS, Burlington House.-The EXHIBITION of WORKS of the late SIR EDWIN LANDSEER, R.A., is

Catalogue, Sixpence.

58.

WE are able to state that the Council of the Royal Academy have had the subject of architectural drawings for their Exhibition before them, and have decided for the future, as far as possible, NOW OPEN.-Admission (from Nine till Dusk), One Shilling; to give a preference to those drawings which are evidently the actual productions of the architects who exhibit them. This is as it should be; for the only way to make such an Exhibition really interesting is to discourage as much as possible the exhibition of drawings which bear no marks of the artist's own hand. It has also been decided that geometrical elevations and detail drawings of interest are admissible. It will be the fault of architects if this room at the Academy Exhibition does not attract more attention in the future than hitherto.

The SHADOW of DEATH.' Painted by Mr. HOLMAN HUNT. -NOW on VIEW. From 10 till 5.-A spacious Platform has been erected, so that Visitors now have an unimpeded View of the Picture. -39B, Old Bond Street.-Admission, 18.

DUDLEY GALLERY, Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly.-GENERAL EXHIBITION of WATER-COLOUR DRAWINGS.-The TENTH ANNUAL EXHIBITION is OPEN DAILY, from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M.Admission, 18.; Catalogue, ed. GEORGE L. HALL, Hon. Sec.

DORE'S GREAT PICTURE of 'CHRIST LEAVING the PRETORIUM,' with Night of the Crucifixion,' Christian Martyrs,' Francesca de Rimini,' 'Neophyte,' 'Andromeda,' &c., at the DORÉ GALLERY, 35, New Bond Street. Ten to Six.-Admission, 18.

SALES.

MESSRS. CHRISTIE, MANSON & WOODS sold, on Saturday last, the under-named drawings and pictures, the property of Mr. E. Heritage. Corinth, 661.-Mr. E. Duncan, Wreckers, 1831. The Drawings C. Cattermole, Distributing Alms at Launch of the Lifeboat, 1891.; Cumberland Hills, stow Castle, 3831.-Mr. A. D. Fripp, The Anglers, 731.; Mountain Scenery, 601.-C. Fielding, Chep771.-Mr. B. Foster, The Seaside, 1897.; A Cottage at Harborough, 891.; On Lake Como, 681.-Mr. L. Haghe, Interior of St. Mark's, Venice, 987.-J. Interior' of Milan Cathedral, 747.; Sunset, 63l.; Holland, The Rialto, 2587.; Canal in Venice, 1637.; On the Grand Canal, Venice, 531.; The Valley of Ampozzi, 517.; A Calm, Venice, 54l.; The Grand Schiehallion, 151.-W. Müller, A Street in Cairo, near the Rialto, 1057.-Mr. W. L.

861.-Mr. J. H. Mole, Near Tynemouth, 561.-S. Prout, Stormy Weather, 501.; A Church Porch, Rouen, 531.-D. Roberts, The Grand Mosque, Cordova, 767.-G. Schalders, Landscape, Surrey, 661.-Mr. E. G. Warren, A Woodland Scene, 791. Pictures J. Holland, The Colleoni Monument, Venice, 850l.; Venice, 1991.-M. R. Madrazo, The Happy Thought, 120l.

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Vue prise du Grand Canal à Venise, 5,900 f.— M. de Hondekoeter, Oiseaux de Basse Cour, 16,500 f.; Oiseaux et Animaux de Basse Cour, 10,100 f.; Coq et Ponies, 6,000 f.; Oies et Canards, 3,200 f.-Leclerc, Danse Champêtre, 3,200 f.Aart Van der Neer, Rivière en Hollande, Clair de Lune, 2,550 f.-A. Van Ostade, Fête dans l'Intérieur d'une Chaumière Rustique, 76,000 f.J. Van Ruysdael, Site en Norvége, 4,900 f.— Weenix, Gibier, 10,000 f.-Wynants, Paysage Montueux, 6,750 f.-Isabey, Le Jour de Réception, 3,000 f.-G. Koller, Faust et Marguerite, 6,580 f.— G. Van Os, Fleurs et Fruits, 1,920 f.-M. F. Willems, Le Départ pour la Promenade, 7,000 f.

The same auctioneers sold, on Monday last, the under-named drawings: Mr. H. B. Willis, The Traeth Mawr, Port Madoc, 70-Mr. A. W. Hunt, A View on the Rhine, 681.-D. Cox, A Hayfield, 2151.-P. De Wint, A Landscape, with a cottage and ducks, 631.; A Woody Landscape, 631.-Mr. E. Lundgren, The Pride of the Harem, 1417.

At the Hôtel Drouot, Paris, the following prices were recently obtained for modern French pictures: M. Corot, Environs d'Arras, 11,000 francs; Au Bord du Lac, 5,200 f.-M. J. Dupré, Le Ruisseau, 4,250 f.-Théodore Rousseau, La Lisière d'un Bois, 5,600 f. On the 20th ultimo, the undermentioned sums were obtained for the following paintings: L. Backhuizen, Marine, 2,400 f.-J. B Greuze, Le Petit Boudeur, 6,900 f.; La Petite Fille au Fichu, 10,000f.-F. Guardi, La Douane, 8,600 f.;

Fine-Art Gossip.

THE Report of the Artists' General Benevolent Institution is ready. The income in 1873 amounted to 2,7361. odd, and the sum of 1,970l. was distributed among ninety-eight applicants. Sir Henry James is to take the chair at the Annual Dinner, which will be held on the 9th of May.

THE house at Luton Hoo used to be famous for a chapel fitted up with rich fifteenth-century Flemish wood-work. When the house was burnt down all this was entirely destroyed; and when Mr. Leigh purchased the estate of the Marquis of Bute, he did not touch the chapel, and did not completely restore the interior of the house. Mr. Street has lately been engaged by Mr. Gerard Leigh to finish this work, and among the features of the completed mansion will be a private chapel of an unusually ornate character. It occupies a portion of the north wing of the house, and it is approached by the principal corridor, which runs the whole length of the house. This wing, fortunately, was built with a circular east end, corresponding with a great drawing-room at the other end of the house, and thus lends itself very conveniently to the arrangement of a chapel with an eastern apex. There are rooms above the chapel, so that, of necessity, it has gilded. The eastern apex is finished with arcading a flat which is of painted and in alabaster, and a semi-dome vault, which is being painted by Messrs. Clayton & Bell with a sitting figure of Our Lord and saints on either side. All the windows are being also executed by Clayton & Bell, generally with single figures, delicately painted, and mainly in white, for the sake of transparency and light. The altar stands in the centre of the apex. This, we are glad to say, is to be backed by a reredos, with a sculpture in marble of the Crucifixion with SS. Mary and John, which Mr. Woolner has undertaken to execute. We view with no little pleasure the employment of such an artist on such a work. If sculptors would but exert themselves a little more and take part in the work which is going on in the way of church decoration all over the country, it would be better not only for the churches, but for themselves. Here we shall, no doubt, see Mr. Woolner at his best, and with surroundings which will add to the effect of his work. The pavement of the chapel is mainly of marble; the stalls, with their canopies, are elaborately wrought in oak; and the whole of the walls as well as the ceiling are to be decorated richly with colour, after Mr. Street's designs. A gallery, on the level of the bed-rooms of the house, occupies the space over the ante

chapel, and is also to be fitted up with stalls and canopies, for use by any of the household who can more conveniently use it than the groundfloor; whilst a staircase from the outside will give a separate approach to the chapel for tenants on the estate who come to the services. Luton Hoo is two or three miles from the parish church at Luton, and for so large a house a chapel is, therefore, almost a necessity.

THE Fine Arts Exhibition of Amsterdam will be opened on the 7th of September next, and be closed on the 5th of the following month.

THE celebrated engraver, J. N. Passini, died on the 14th of January last, at Gratz.

The new-comers are Mdlle. Ghiotti, Mdlle. Clemence Cálasch, Mdlle. Diani, Signori Bolis, Sabater, and Piazza, and M. Blume. The troupe will include of last year's artists Mesdames Sinico, Smeroschi, Pezzotta, D'Angeri, Scalchi, Signori Pavani, Nicolini, Bettini, Graziani, Cotogni, giolo, Ciampi, Capponi, Tagliafico, MM. Faure and Maurel. The stage staff and musical officials remain as before, Signori Bevignani and Vianesi being the conductors. The band and chorus, "unrivalled," as they are still called, are to remain "nearly the same." If there are changes, it is to be hoped that they may be for the better. The most important item in the Prospectus is at the close, where the production of Glinka's opera, 'La Vie pour le Czar,' is promised. At any rate a pledge is given that, out of four works mentioned, at least three will be brought out. We trust that the work of the Russian composer may be produced. It has a libretto which will interest here as well as at St. Petersburg, and it contains of Edinburgh. Conductor, Mr. George Mount-FOURTH CONCERT, highly dramatic and effective music. The 'Pro

BRITISH ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY.-Patron, H.R.H. the Duke

THURSDAY, March 12, St. James's Hall, Eight o'clock. Overture,
St. John the Baptist, Macfarren; Concerto, Violin, Dramatic,
Spohr-Violin, Mr. J. T. Carrodus: New Overture (MS.) in D. The
Witches' Frolic,' Henry Gadsby: Symphony, Scotch, Mendelssohn;
Overture, Zauberflote, Mozart. Grand Orchestra of Seventy-Five
Performers. Single Tickets: Stalls, 108. 6d; Reserved. 58, 38, 28.,
18.; Stanley Lucas, Weber & Co.'s, 84, New Bond Street; usual Agents;
and at Austin's Ticket-Office, 28, Piccadilly.

messi Sposi' of Signor Ponchielli, is a popular
comic opera in Italy. For Madame Adelina Patti
the mounting of Signor Verdi's 'Louisa Miller' is
mentioned, and for Mdlle. Albani the 'Mignon' of
M. Ambroise Thomas is specified.

Although it is true that Madame Pauline Lucca's
contract for Covent Garden is in full force, it would
have been better not to have mentioned her name
in the Prospectus. There is a combination of
circumstances which render her return to London
this year most improbable, if not impossible. The
latest accounts from Havana state that Madame
Lucca and Mdlle. Murska have been compelled
to remain there, to await the result of legal pro-
ceeding taken against them by the members of
the band and chorus whom they engaged at New
York to accompany them to open the Opera-
house, an event which never took place, owing
to the refusal of Signor Tamberlik to join in the
speculation.

MUSIO

WAGNER SOCIETY.-Last Concert but one, FRIDAY, March 13, to commence at 8:30 precisely. Orchestra and Chorus of 180 performers. Solo Pianoforte, Mr. Walter Bache: Conductor, Mr. Edward Daunreuther.-Beethoven, Overture, King Stephen': Choral Fantasia, Op 80. Songs by Liszt and Rubinstein. Wagner, Huldigungsmarsch; Kienz, Chorus of the Messengers of Peace; Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Overture, Choral Song, Wachet auf'; Lohengrin, Lohengrin's Arrival and Farewell to the Swan: Prayer before the Combat: Lohengrin's Victory-Finale to Act I. The Doors will be closed during cach Piece.-Tickets. 108. 6d, 78. 6d., 58, 38., 28., 18.; of Stanley Lucas, Weber & Co, Chappell & Co., Mitchell, Ollivier, Lamborn Cock & Co., Bond Street: Austin, St. James's Hall; Schott & Co., Regent Street: Keith, Prowse & Co., Cheapside; Hays, Royal Exchange; and Davies Brothers, Craven Terrace, Lancaster Gate.

ROYAL ITALIAN OPERA.

THE programme for the Covent Garden season, which will be commenced on the 31st inst., was issued by the Impresario last Thursday. It follows the example so properly set by Mr. Mapleson, in its brevity and in the adoption of a less vaunting tone than has been assumed in former announcements. Indeed, Mr. Gye, indirectly perhaps, but still clearly enough, indicates the errors of his ways in the following preamble:-"It has now become unnecessary, in these annual Prospectuses of the Opera season, to enter into a lengthened description of the achievements of the Royal Italian Opera, or to dilate on the reputation of the artistes engaged, and such like subjects; nor is a minute detail now required as to the distribution of the roles in the different operas, nor as to other particulars appertaining to the performances of an approaching

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season.

We are glad to see these signs of repentance; but the old style cannot so easily be got rid of, as will be seen by another quotation from Mr. Gye's manifesto:-"Madame Adelina Patti, who has just concluded another season of uninterrupted triumphs at Moscow and St. Petersburg, bearing away from both cities substantial and magnificent marks of Imperial and public admiration, has been re-engaged; that Mdlle. Emma Albani, who has also, during the autumn and winter, fulfilled a most brilliant engagement at the same Opera-houses, and who is also the recipient of several splendid tokens of the favour of the imperial family, as well as that of the abonnés, is also re-engaged."

that she is to sustain the Pasta-Grisi line of parts
which she essayed here three seasons since. Of
the splendid voice of Madame Vilda there can be
but one opinion; special mention was made of her
singing at the Schumann Festival in Bonn, in
August last, in the Athenæum.

Now, what can any amount of jewellery presented to artists have to do with their professional attainments? What the operatic public cares to learn is, whether Madame Patti preserves her great powers, and whether Mdlle. Albani is sufficiently improved to be classified as a first-class prima donna; and these facts can only be known when the two artists have appeared. The organization which secures presents and bouquets is well known; but no réclames nor favours can alter the artistic attributes that alone must decide the pretensions of singers. Besides the two vocalists just mentioned, the Prospectus announces the first appearance of Mdlle. Marimon at Covent Garden, and this without commentary, although as an artiste the Belgian lady is entitled to a consideration second only to that which Madame Patti enjoys. The re-engagement of Madame Vilda (Frau Wilt, of Vienna) indicates

these vaunting Prospectuses proved no joke to the subscribers, who, at the close of a season found that the majority of the promises contained in them were unfulfilled. There are, however, hopes of amendment when things come to the worst, and as the practice of boasting eventually turned out to be a losing game, there are signs of the break-up of the system. Mr. Mapleson's Prospectus, if not altogether free, when referring to artists and to lyric dramas, from the faults so long complained of, ridiculed, and protested against, is a decided imBaga-provement on former productions. He enumerates the engagements of nine new singers, and he simply expresses the hope that the patrons of Her Majesty's Opera may be satisfied with them, as he will not presume to influence or anticipate their judgment. Now we do not hesitate to affirm that the new comers will meet with more consideration and indulgence than if their antecedents had been specified in glowing terms. The Director's next innovation in his programme is, that he has refrained from supplying imaginary casts of operas and lists of the operas in his répertoire. He contents himself with the statement that he proposes "to give as varied a selection as circumstances render possible, and he trusts that neither the lovers of the classical nor of popular works will have cause to complain of the results."

As regards the troupe, the returns will comprise Mdlle. Tietjens and Madame Nilsson, Mdlle. Marie Roze, Mdlle. Valleria, and Mdlle. Bauermeister, sopranos; Madame Trebelli-Bettini and Mdlle. Macvitz, contraltos; Signori Campanini, Fancelli, Marchetti, and Rinaldini, tenors; Signori Borella, Catalani, Campobello, Casaboni, Zoboli, and Agnesi. To these re-engagements, the Director adds the names of artists already known here, but new to Drury Lane, namely, Mdlle. Risarelli, a prima donna, who made a favourable impression in 1872 at the St. George's Italian Opera speculation, and Signori Naudin and Fabrini, tenors, the former of whom will be a most useful acquisition, as an artist with a varied list of parts at his command.

HER MAJESTY'S OPERA.

THE late Mr. Chorley, in his work 'Thirty Years' Musical Recollections, while giving a summary of the season at Her Majesty's Theatre in 1843, under the heading "Mysteries of the Press," made the following remarks:-"For some time there had been employed a system of cajoling the press, till then tried on a very small scale; and, howsoever complimentary to those of the 'fourth estate,' anything but flattering to the taste and judgment of our amateurs. The 'puff preliminary,' by aid of which 'whiting's eyes were to be made to pass for 'pearls' had begun, with regard to our Italian Opera, to assume forms of an invention and a courage hitherto unknown in England." Mr. Chorley never ceased in the Athenæum to protest energetically against the system he thus denounced. We know with what result. No critic exercised a stronger influence on public opinion, in bringing about the Opera revolution of 1847 than Mr. Chorley. The formation of the Royal Italian Opera was a death-blow for a time to the "puff preliminary." The modest and unpretentious Prospectus with which the late Mr. Frederick Beale opened the new Covent Garden undertaking as Director, with Signori Persiani and Galetti as speculators, was for some period imitated; but of late years the Italian Opera Prospectuses have been marked by disregard of facts, an assumption of superiority, and inflated eulogies of artists-good, bad, or indifferent. Moreover, these Impresario pronunciamientos promised a series of novelties which no Director in his senses could possibly carry out. To such an extravagant extent was the vainglorious tone carried, that many amateurs looked forward to the "annuals" of the "puff preliminary" with as much gleeful expectation as they did to their comic almanacs or their weekly Punch. But

The nine artists new to London are, Mdlles. Lodi and Singelli, prime donne; Signori Paladini and Ramini, tenors; Signori De Reschi and Galassi, baritones; and Signori Perkins, Costa (no relation to the Conductor), and Herr Behrens. Mdlle. Lodi is an Italian, who has met with great success in Milan, in the Sonnambula, Dinorah, and other characters. Mdlle. Singelli is French her name has been Italianized; she succeeded Mdlle. Marimon at the Athénée in Paris, in Ricci's 'Folie à Rome,' and has been most favourably received at Berlin. Signor Paladini is one of the young and rising tenors of Italy. Herr Behrens has a great reputation in Germany. Signor Perkins, the American basso, has been heard as a concert singer at the Royal Albert Hall. Of his stage qualifications, we have yet to judge. The other names are unknown to us, except that of Signor Costa.

The long list of artists in this Prospectus shows that their services are to be utilized in concerts, as well as at Drury Lane.

We cannot at present understand why Mr. Mapleson should have selected for special mounting or revival the six works specified in his Prospectus. The production of Balfe's posthumous opera, with Madame Nilsson as the heroine of 'Il Talismano,' was, of course, imperatively required, after the flagrant breach of faith last season. Both the Impresario and the prima donna were compromised by what the former calls the "unavoidable postponement." The lady's re-appearance as Desdemona will be most welcome. The delineation by Mdlle. Tietjens of Elvira, in Verdi's highly dramatic 'Ernani,' will be another source of gratification; the only wonder is that she has not "created" the part long since, so well suited is the music to her powers. The policy of reviving Donizetti's 'Roberto Devereux' is doubtful. This opera was produced at Her Majesty's Theatre in 1841, during Laporte's last season; but, even with Grisi as Queen Elisabeth, Rubini as Devereux, Tamburini

as the Duke of Nottingham, and Lablache as Cecil, the work met with but little favour. It was revived in 1845 by Mr. Lumley, with Madame Rossi-Caccia, a French prima donna from the Grand Opera-house and the Opéra Comique, as the Queen, with Signor Moriani as Devereux, and Signor Barroilhet, the famed French baritone, as Nottingham, but it was not well received. Malle. Tietjens's great success in Anna Bolena and Semiramide has, perhaps, suggested the notion that her Queen Elisabeth will be equally as imposing, and so it will physically; but she will not have music anything approaching to that in the two beforementioned operas.

The mounting of Auber's 'Fra Diavolo' and of his 'Diamans de la Couronne' will mainly depend for success upon Mdlle. Lodi as Zerlina and upon Malle. Singelli as Caterina, the former will have to contend against the remembrance of Madame Lucca, and the latter will have to compete with Madame Adelina Patti-formidable opponents for two young aspirants for lyric glory.

The Wagnerites will, of course, be disappointed at not seeing 'Lohengrin' or 'Tannhäuser' in the Prospectus, especially as Signor Campanini, who "created" the former at Bologna, Florence, and Milan, is to sing the part in New York, with Madame Nilsson as Elsa. We may, however, repeat our opinion that no fair trial of Herr Wagner's operas can be made here unless a German "troupe" well versed in his répertoire be imported.

Mr. Mapleson maintains his efficient staff in the musical and scenic departments of former seasons; and to record that Sir Michael Costa will again be the Director of the Music and Conductor suffices to prove how careful, conscientious, and effective will be the ensemble in each opera. And to do justice to Mr. Mapleson, it must be added that, as he is the son of a professor and a musician himself, his sympathies and tendencies will be enlisted in behalf of the adequate execution of all the works he may produce during his present venture.

CONCERTS.

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A NEW Symphony and the début of a lady pianist were the interesting events of the Crystal Palace Concert last Saturday, and success attended the novelties. Place aux dames. The execution of Beethoven's Pianoforte Concerto in G major (the fourth of his five orchestral works for that instrument), by Miss Emma Barnett, certainly surprised many experienced connoisseurs, who scarcely expected from one so very young such power combined with delicacy and refinement. Her touch is excellent, her phrasing poetical, and her manipulation clear and distinct. It was a performance of more than ordinary merit, reflecting credit on the juvenile artist and on her teacher, her brother, Mr. John Francis Barnett, composer of the Ancient Mariner,' Paradise and the Peri, the 'Raising of Lazarus,' &c., who wrote the cadenzas for his sister. The first, an elaborate and clever bravura, taxed the nimble fingers of the fair executant, who, however, conquered its intricacies and showed both skill and precision. Miss E. Barnett has proved herself a worthy member of a gifted musical family. The symphony is by Mr. Prout, whose concerto for the organ, produced in 1872, showed the hand of a thinking and practised musician. His present essay will not detract from his fame. It is a thoughtful, coherent, and musician-like composition. It does not affect to be dazzling or bewildering, for it is conceived and carried out on the model of the standard composers, that is, the schools of Haydn and Mozart, Beethoven, Spohr, and Mendelssohn. This is the more remarkable as Mr. Prout is credited with being a disciple of the Wagnerian and Liszt systems. He has the regular four move"Poco sosments, the opening one of which, in tenuto, allegro," will, perhaps, be found the most attractive. His interweaving of the two subjects in the coda is able and effective; and his recall by the audience was a well-merited compliment to a really clever and orthodox symphony. Madame Lemmens and Mr. George Bentham were the vocalists. The tenor has evidently benefited by

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his experience on the Italian lyric stage; his voice has gained in volume, and his method is now artistic, and not amateurish. He sang Gluck's air from 'Iphigenia in Tauride,' "Sin dall'età più tenera uniti," and Haydn's song, "In native worth." Madame Lemmens gave Mr. J. F. Barnett's air, "I will bless Thy name," from the Raising of Lazarus.' With the 'Anacreon' prelude of Cherubini and the dashing 'Masaniello' overture of Auber, the former to open and the latter to conclude the scheme, the concert was an excellent one.

The overture to 'Iñez de Castro,' an opera by Mr. Alfred Holmes, which was accepted at the Grand Opéra in Paris in 1870, but was not produced owing to political events, is a much more favourable specimen of its composer's powers than the 'Cid' prelude, noticed in our last week's issue. Certainly, the Portuguese story is more exciting than that of Corneille's tragedy, and it has been often selected as a libretto for Italian operas, one of which, by Signor Persiani, composed for the famed Madame Persiani, Rubini, and Lablache, was produced in Paris. In the 'Iñez de Castro' prelude the dramatic feeling and power and elaborate and picturesque orchestration of Mr. A. Holmes are strikingly developed. Mr. Franklin Taylor played Beethoven's Pianoforte Concerto in G artistically. The other items of the third programme of the British Orchestral Society's concert were thoroughly hackneyed, and the same remark may be made with reference to the vocal pieces, although they were nicely sung by Miss Rose Hersee, formerly comprimaria at Her Majesty's Theatre, to whose vocal and dramatic attainments the Athenæum called special attention when she played Adina, in the 'Elisir d'Amore' at the Lyceum. Since that period Miss Hersee has had great experience as a prima donna in America and with Herr Carl Rosa's English Opera troupe in the provinces.

Mr. Dannreuther, the Director of the Wagner Society, was the pianist at the Monday Popular Concerts, on the 2nd inst. He played as his solo Schumann's Sonata in G minor, Op. 22, and was associated with Herr Joachim in Bach's Sonata in

B minor. Thus there were two artists, equally great in their respective ways, although the pianist, by some kind of mismanagement or perhaps of management, has not been so much before the public as he ought to have been. Mr. Dannreuther, however, can claim a distinguished position as a resident pianist, and he can honourably compete with any continental celebrity. It was pleasing to find his abilities heartily recognized last Monday. Herr Joachim and Mr. Dannreuther were called upon to repeat the second movement, the allegro in в minor, of J. S. Bach's sonata, and the great violinist was encored in the Minuet and Trio of Haydn's Quartet in G major, Op. 64, No. 4. He led in grand style the c sharp minor, Op. 132, of Beethoven, one of the posthumous string quartets, in which Herr Joachim had the valuable co-operation of MM. Ries, Straus, and Piatti. Mr. Bentham was the vocalist, and sang airs by Mozart and Mendelssohn. Madame CarrenoSauret, the accomplished and brilliant South American artist, was the pianist last Saturday, and Miss A. Williams the vocalist.

The Athenæum referred last week to Mr. W. Coenen's programmes of classical chamber compositions as illustrating his excellent purpose of striking out a "new line" by the introduction of works of the period, and we mentioned those by Herr Rheinberger, Herr Brahms, Herr J. Svendsen, and Miss Agnes Zimmermann. Owing to the omission of a date and of the name of M. C. SaintSaëns, the French composer, his Suite in D minor, Op. 16, for pianoforte and violoncello, was ascribed to Herr Svendsen, the composer of the string Ottetto in a major. We can now add that, at the third and last concert, on the 18th, in the Hanover Square Rooms, the second one having been given on the 4th inst., there will be some further novelties, namely, a string Quartet, by Herr F. Gernsheim, a pianoforte and violin Sonata, by Waldemar Bargiel; and a piano, flute, clarionet, horn, and bassoon Quintet in F, Op. 55, by Herr Rubin

stein. Mr. Coenen will pardon some confusion in dates, as we were anxious to do justice to his enterprise in giving concerts of modern music, knowing too well that there is only artistic fame to be attained. Financial loss is almost certain, so little disposed is the general body of amateurs to accept any works but those to which the names of masterminds are attached.

Musical Gossip.

NEXT Thursday will take place the concert of the British Orchestral Society, and on the Friday that of the Wagner Society. M. Gounod's Choir Concert will be given this afternoon (the 7th inst.). The final London Ballad Concerts for the season will be on the 11th and 18th inst. The first Philharmonic Society's Concert will be on the 25th inst. The Chamber Concerts of Mr. A. Gilbert and Madame Gilbert will be commenced next Wednesday. On the 20th inst., the Sacred Harmonic Society will perform, for the first time, Mr. G. Macfarren's oratorio, St. John the Baptist,' under the direction of Sir Michael Costa.

THE Royal Albert Choral Society, under Mr. Barnby's direction, announced Mendelssohn's 'St. Paul' for performance on the 5th inst., with the names of Madame Otto-Alvsleben, Miss A. Sterling, Mr. Bentham, Mr. Pyatt, Mr. Smith, and Mr. Lewis Thomas as the solo singers. On the 12th, Mr. W. Carter's choir will perform his cantata, 'Placida,' and Rossini's 'Stabat Mater.' On the 14th, the Amateur Orchestral Society will have a concert to celebrate the return of the President, the Duke of Edinburgh, who, with the Duchess, will be present at the production of Mr. A. Sullivan's oratorio, 'The Light of the World,' conducted by the composer, on the 19th inst., being the last subscription concert of the Royal Albert Choral Society.

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the libretto by M. H. de Saint-Georges, and the THE new three-act comic opera, 'Le Florentin,' music by M. Charles Lenepveu, just produced at the Opéra Comique, in Paris, has only met with a succès d'estime, although both poet and composer won the prizes for the work at the triple competiM. tion in 1869 for the three lyric theatres. Lenepveu, who won the "Prix de Rome," was sucmust have been certainly curious if the Florentin cessful against sixty competitors, whose music score was the best. The story is laid in the times of "Laurent le Magnifique," and turns upon the jealousy of an old painter, who seeks to have his pupil assassinated because he has outdone his master. The story is weak, and the music is not good enough to redeem the defects of the poem. The cast comprised Mdlle. Priola, Mdlle. Duthe new sole director, M. Camille du Locle, was casse, MM. Lhérie, Ismaël, Neveu, and Potel, and liberal in his outlay for the mise en scène; but the opera is not destined for a long life. M. Gounod's new work, in three acts, is to be produced next winter at the Opéra Comique, and not at the We learn that M. Gounod, for Grand Opéra. the second time, has turned to Molière for his libretto. One of the composer's masterpieces is his admirable setting of 'Le Médecin malgré Lui,' for the Lyrique in Paris, an English version of which was produced at Covent Garden Theatre, under the management of Miss Louisa Pyne (Mrs. F. Bodda) and the late Mr. Harrison. M. Gounod the book of which he will himself prepare. He has selected 'Georges Dandin' for his comic opera, proposes in treating Molière's tragi-comedy to devote more attention to the dramatic elements of the famous piece than to the farcical portious, which will be confined to the dialogues between Georges Dandin and Lubin.

THE Paris Ménestrel of the 1st inst. has the annexed announcement :-" M. Gye, Impresario of the Theatre Royal Covent Garden, and appointed (nommé) Manager (Régisseur) of the Imperial Italian Theatres of Petersburg and Moscow, is expected in Paris on Monday (the 2nd inst.), on his way to London." A correspondent has sent us an extract from a letter from St. Petersburg,

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