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JOTTINGS. Have you seen the Shah V I have registered! a mental vow to assault and otherwise injure, with malice aforethought, any person, whomsoever and whatsoever, asking me thatquestion within the next three or four weeks. The Shah fairly bossed everything last week-he has bèetl "chief actor in our social system. He has been the great play- goer, and the best member of the great free list managers have had. First of all, Covent Garden, then the Empire; while the King of Kings showed the light of his countenance at the Crystal Palace. If the Persian SherbetâI mean the Shah 1âwere to stay in England long, I believe he would visit every theatre InLondott, and even give the good old sensation-loving Surrey a turn. The and the hot weather between them will pretty nearly settle the theatrical season, and already there are signs that many of the West End houses will shortly close their portals, or be taken over for, a time by foreign or touring companies. The last nights of the season are announced at the Havmarket, and the remaining evenings will be devoted to some of the favourite plays associated with that theatre, such as Captain Swift, Masks and Faces, The Red Lamp, and the Merry Wives of Windsor*. At the Lyceum Macbeth has left his native (property) heath, and Italian Opera, and French plays told the boards, and Sarah Bernhart and Tamagno reign in the home of Macbeth and Macduff. At the Vaudeville the last nights are announced in consequence of Mr. Thorne's pro- vincial tour. The Earl of Lonsdale has decided that the fine collection of trophies in natural history, made by him on his recent Arctic journey, shall be artisti- cally modelled and set up, to be kept at Lowther Castle. The commission has accordingly been en- trusted to Mr. Rowland Ward,'F.Z.S., who will treat the specimens of animals, which include moose, musk oxen, bears, white goats, cariboo, &c., and a large collection of birds. There are, besides, many ethnological objects. One incident of the journey that is interesting to sportsmen is that the Earl carried with him a remarkable gun, which he calls u Paradox," with which weapon alone he was able to collect moose, bears, &c, and birds as well. I am glad to find that James the Penman has caught fairly on at the Shaftesbury, thanks to the general excellence of the acting all round, and to the goodness of the play itself. Mr. Willard is very fine and powerful as James Ralston, and is ably supported by Lady Monckton. I thought, however, that Mr. Macintosh had rather overdone his make-up, as Baron Hardtfeldt, otherwise he was very good indeed. All the other parts are more than efficiently filled, and I see no reason why Jim should not go on his forging career for many weeks to come in the Avenue called Shaftesbury. That unappreciated genius, Mr Jerome Hopkins, w of New York, has been scolding us terribly. It is well to make this known, as only a very few per- sons surrendered themselves to be scolded at Prince's Hall when he delivered his lecture on "Unmusical England and America." Probably at New York he lectures on Unmusical America and England." How if he betook himself and his neglected works to musical Germany, and tried what they would say to him there? Anyway, you will gain nothing, Mr Hopkins, by forcing yourself down unwilling throats. The cry as to American visitors is still "they come; but at this time of the year there are those whose tours are ended, and who go." In fact, the number of these is so large that it is by no means easy to get a berth on board a steamer bound for New York. I have heard of a case where a lady had taken her passage on board the-well, a very big liner that sails next week-and a few days after she found to her consternation that it had been re-let, over her head, of course at a premium. One of the events of the forthcoming Gloucester Festival will be the production of a cantata written by Miss Rosalind Ellicott, the Bishop's daughter, who has been studying in Dresden where several of her compositions have been performed with great success. The cantata is a setting of Mrs Herman's almost-forgotten poem Elysium," and consists of an orchestral introduction, chorus, recitative for soprano, chorus and soprano solo, airs for soprano, and final chorus with soprano solo. The numbers all foltdw one on the other, without break, in the style favoured by modern composers. Miss Anna Williams will take the solo part-at the first evening concert in connection with the Festivalâon September 3rd. Mr Joseph A. Cave is to have a complimentary benefit at the Opera Comique on Thursday, the 18th inst. The function is in the hands of an un- usually powerful committee, and the splendid pro- gramme promised will doubtless be forthcoming. The supporters of Mr Cave are sure to roll up in goodly numbers, and in every way the affair is likely to be a success. The scene on the occasion of the Shah's state visit to the opera on Tuesday week was one that will long be remembered, as it furnished one of the most magnificent spectacles ever witnessed in the commodiotis house in Covent Garden. The en- trance hall and grand staircase were lined by the Yeomen of the Guard, while huge blocks of ice, illuminated by fairy lamps, and embowered amidst a wreath of flowers, shrubs, and greenery, met the eye at every turn. The saloon was lined with beefeaters, and decorated with costly hangings of old gold. On the various tiers every box was de- corated with two magnificent bouquets, tied with parti-coloured ribbon, while programmes, printed on satin, were supplied to all the visitors. The attendance embraced a whole volume of the peerage and army lists; and the dresses were distinct triumphs of the milliner's art. w.

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PEMBROKE DOCK SCHOOL BOARD.I

CARMARTHEN WORKHOUSE ARRANGE,MENTS.

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WHOLESALE DESTRUCTION OF FISH…

ACCIDENT TO THE LADY MARGARET.