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THE ARTS, LITERATURE, &c. OLD INNS —The most famous of the Saracen's Heads," which was once a common sign in London, has now disappeared. The old house and yard on Snow-hill, which Tarleton and Stowe have alike noted, can no logger be even traced. The other famous-house, in Friday-street (Sir Christopher Wren's), was taken down in 1844. Many of us may remember the grim twin heads at the gate, the huge head at the bottom of the yard, and the small likeness of the terrible Saracen that was emblazoned on all the stage-coaches that took their departure from or put up at this inn. In what year the Saracen first glared over Snow-hill is not known. Some say he was first set up in the city out of compli- ment to Thomas a, Beckett's maternal grandfather, who was popularly said to have been a Saracen. Others take the sign as being in memory of the crusades. Of its antiquity there is no doubt. At the Chelmsford Assizes, nearly 40 years ago, the Lord Chief Baron found, by an ancient deed, that the Black Boy there had been the Slack Boy ever since the reign of Edward II. In London, the ancient inns are nearly all gone. The year after the Saracen's Head in Friday-street was demolished, the renowned Swan with Two Necks dis- appeared, and Lad-lane with it. In was in the yard of this inn that Sydney Morgan, on first reaching London, sat down 011 her little trunk, bewildered as to what she was to do next, and fell fast asleep in the midst of her disturbed thinking—Athenceum. TALKING CANARIES,—In a recent number of Once a Weak is an account of a talking canary-bird at Berlin, which articulates Wo bist du, mein liebes Maetzekin ?" This phenomenon, it is stated, has raised a perfect storm of excitement" at the Ornithological Society at Berlin. A correspondent, who is well known to us, writes that he is rather astonished at a talking canary- bird being sach a wonder, but that perhaps he is biassed by old knowledge. "Fifty years ago," he continues, a sister of mine became possessed of a very young canary. She used to amuse herself by repeating to the bird the words, 'Sweet! pretty, pretty, pretty, sweet One day, quite suddenly—the same thing is said of the Berlin bird—the canary burst out with "Tweet, wichy, wichy, wichy, weet.' From that day, he gradually lost his old song, and at last gave nothing but the above words to the day of his death, which was years after his change of note." There are scattered stories which seem to indicate that many, perhaps most, birds have some power of acquiring articulation.—Athenceum. THE Minister of Public Instruction in France has caused an inquiry to be made as to the sanitary condition of the various lycees of the capital. According to the report, six students out of 18,000 die in the course of a year; that is, one in 3,000. On the other hand, the deaths of children of like age-that is, between 10 and 15 years-in Paris amount to 5 in 1,000 annually. A GUN which was taken at the capture of Bhurtpore, in 1827, and ever since kept in charge by the Royal Artillery at M< erut, has been sent to England, and is now at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich. As soon as a carriage is prepared it will be removed to the Royal Artillery Barracks, and placed with the other trophies, one of which is a large gun captured at the same place. FEMALE CAPPJCE.—the saints of the stage have their little caprices, like commoner folk. Some of them have gone into convents or monasteries, but not all have stayed there. Last year, two were added to the list. Mdlle. Mouravieff, the Russian dancer, of the Grand Opera, became a Carmelite nun, and the outer world hears no more of her. After her, MdlJe. Thuillier, the pretty and clever actress of the Odeon, overwhelmed by a tender domestic affliction, withdrew from the stage, .preparatory to entering the Carmelite convent at Blois. But the young lady has changed her mind, and has returned to the stage.—Athenceum. THE BRITISH ASSOCIATION.—The accounts of the local committee for condusting the Norwich meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science have just been made up, and show a balance of !332. This sum is to be applied as follows :— £ 50 for the pur- chase of elementary scientific books for the Norwich Free Public Library, the selection to be left to the Rev. Hinds Howeli; £ 100 to be granted to three trustees for the purchase of meteorological instruments for Nor- wich and the balance to be granted to the Norfolk and Norwich Museum unconditionally. THE Fioe Arts Exhibition at Leeds closed on Satur- day, and short addiesses were delivered by Earl Dudley, Lord Houghton, and Mr. Beckett Denison. During the 143 days it has bem ou view, the number of visitors has reached 570,000, and of that number 450,000 paid for admission at the doors, the remainder obtaining entrance by season tickets. The largest attendance was on Thursday, the 22nd October, when no fewer than 13,231 persons entered the building. The highest weekly at- tendance was reached on the week ending the 16th October, when it amounted to upwards of 46,000 per- sons. THE Arundel Society is about to issue a new work, being a description of its own publications during twenty years. This book will be illustrated, and has resulted from the success of some experiments in photographing the prints, casts, &c., on a small scale, suitable for book illustration, which the society has issued during the period in question. THE Council of the Archseological Institute have selected Bury St. Edmunds as the place in which -to hold their congress next year. HER MAJESTY'S "Leaves from a Journal of Our Life in the Highlandsis being translated into Marathi &nd Guzerathi, by desire of the chiefs of Western India.

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NEW ZEALAND IN 1867.

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