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ARREARS OF RENT IN IRELAND.…

THE ROWLAND HILL MEMORIAL!…

TEACHING THE DUMB TO SPEAK.

- LORD DERBY ON FREE TRAIa.

M. DE LESSEPS AND THE CHANNEL…

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"BUHL."

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"BUHL." In the current number of the Builder we find some interesting particulars of the famous cabinet-maker whose name has been a household word with us during the last week or two. Buhl-or Boulle, to be quite correct-was, we are told, born in Paris in 1642. He was the son of a cabinet-maker, but if he had followed his own bent he would have become a painter, and only adopted the line in life which was to make him famous at the urgent desire of his father, who wished him to become his successor. Nothing much is known of his early life, but the fact that he was lodged in the Louvre as the protege, of Louis XIV., with carte blanche to carry out his ideas for the decoration of the King's palace by the time he was thirty years of age, shows that his artistic abili- ties must have developed themselves at an early age. From this time commissions for work poured in upon the young cabinet-maker altogether beyond his power to execute, and he might have been wealthy. As a matter of fact, however, we are told he was constantly in pecuniary difficulty. This appears to have been owing to his passion for rare prints and drawings, for the purchase of which he raised money in every direction. He had at one time a collection considered to have been one of the most complete and interesting in existence. Un- fortunately, a fire broke out and destroyed the greater part, to the intense grief of the owner. Over £15,000 his losses were estimated at—a sum, which, of course, a couple of hundred years ago was very large. Boulle seems to have lived in the Louvre for half a century. He died there, at the age of 82, and was buried in the Church of St. Germain l' Auxerrois, leaving behind him two sons, one of whom, having been employed in the Sfevres manufactory, was the first to introduce the use of porcelain into furniture.-Globe.

THE REVENUE RETURNS.

EMIGRATION FROM IRELAND.

A WONDERFUL CAVERN.

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THE HAMILTON PALACE COLLECTION…

THE SALE OF THE BECKFORD LIBRARY.

SINKING of an EXCURSION STEAMER…

= THE LIBERTY AND PROPERTY…