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IT IS STATED that the Pope left for publication,, with a gentleman of political distinction, all the con- fidential letters exchanged between his Holiness and Victor Emmanuel. MARITIME INQUIRY.—An inquiry instituted by the Board of Trade into the circumstances attend- ing the stranding of the ship Sovereign on the South Rock ridge, off County Down, has been concluded at Glasgow. The Court found that the master, Charles Fenbow, had navigated the vessel in an unseamanlike manner, and ordered the suspension of his certificate for three months. THE POPE'S WILLS.—The late Pope left two wills. In one he bequeaths an annual sum of 3,500,000 francs to his successor for the expenses of the Holy See. In the other, his private will, he makes his nephews his heirs, and leaves 300,000 francs to the poor of Rome. The cost ef his monument is not to exceed £80. CONSCIENTIOUSNESS IN ART.—The Portfolio for February gives some curious details of Meissonier's method of working. He spares neither trouble nor expense, neither time nor money, to get at the exact truth. A tailor makes complete costumes for his models, and the painter goes scrupulously into the minutest details, not only about the costumes, but the way in which they were worn. It is quite true that, in order to study the action of horses at the gallep, M. Meissonier had a short railway made on his own land, on which he was drawn at the same speed, whilst he took notes. M. Meissonier models horses for himself in wax, and has the models completely harnessed. He is just as careful about truth of effect as he is about truth of fact. He does not, like many figure- painters, compose a picture from models in the studio, and then add a landscape background out of his own head; but when the subject is an out-of-door subject he is careful to see and study the effect of open day- light on his materials. His aim has been to paint a man, with his costume and the objects that surround him, quite perfectly on a small scale. There is, it is believed, no instance of a female figure in any of his exhibited works. ACTION TO RECOVER A GIFT.-At the Leeds County Court, before Mr. Serjeant Tindal Atkinson, an action was brought by Mr. Samuel Chapman (assignee of the estate of Mr. Thomas Turner, formerly a draper in Huddersfield, from the trustee) to recover the sum of .£25, money received by the de- fendant, Julia Anderson. The defendant's solicitor did not deny that the money was paid, but said that it was while there was an understanding between the parties that they were to be married. Miss Anderson was taken by Mr. Turner to Scotland, and she during this time received money that altogether amounted to .£25. He also made her presents of baby-linen, in view of coming events. If the child were a boy it was to be called Tom, and if a girl, Maud. But, while this was all going on Turner was already married, and had a wife living at Halifax. After he had taken the girl to Scotland he had the audacity to take her home to his own house, while his wife had gone on a visit to her friends. Mrs. Turner afterwards made herself known to Anderson, who said that until then she had believed the debtor to be a single man. Soon afterwards the debtor filed his petition, and then made public his connection with the girl, and stated what money he had paid her. His Honour said the girl could have brought an action for breach of promise of marriage, and ceuld have recovered damages against Turner. He bad never known such a case before. The debtor, knowing that he could rot fulfil bis promise to the yopnc woman, gave her S25 as a sort of instalment to provide a home in view of their marriage. The plaintiff was non-suited, and the judge declined to grant costs. ciottjriitAH's TEA. guaranteed Pure. ELOBNIXAWS TEA, best value for money. UOBBIHAJT'S TXA sold only in Facket-

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