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MR. RUSKIN AND HIS JPUBLISIIEIIS. — Mr. Ruskin is the strangest of mortals. He has managed to quarrel with the publishers because they will not sell his books without getting a commission. That a political economist, such as Mr.|Ruskin lays special claim to be, should suppose that book-sellers can afford to pay rates, taxes, rent, and assistants, and yet to sell books for authors without charging the authors is certainly a curious circumstance. In the last issue of Fors Clavi- Stera Mr. Ruskin says I finit, in the present state of trade, that when the retail price is printed on books, all sorts of commissions and abatements take place, to the discredit of the author', and, I am convinced, in the end, to every one else's disadvantage. I mean, therefore, to sell my own books, at a price from which there shall be no abatement—namely, 9s. 6d. the plain volumes, and 19s. the illustrated ones. My publishers, Messrs Smith, Elder and Co., will sell all my books at that price over their counter: and my general agent, Mr. G Allen, Heathfield, Cottage, Keston, will supply them at the same price, without abatement, carriage paid, to any per- son in town or country, on remittance of the price of the number of volumes required. This absolute refusal of credit or dJatemcut is only the carrying out of a part of my general method of political economy; and I adopt this system of sale, because I think authors ought not to be too proud to sell their own books, any more than painters to sell their own pictures." Under these circum- stances Messrs Parker and Co., of Oxford have refused to have anything to do with Mr. Ruskin's books. A STRANGE TELEGRAM.—Our readers will not have forgotten the outcry which was raised when Mr. Scudamore kept back certain telegrams, and how Mr. Monsell has since given instructions that no telegrams are to be detained in future. This mandate has given rise to a. very amusing incident. A gentleman who is on the editorial stall o.c or- of tli- London papers, and who also acts as London correspondent to some of our con- temporaries, and is noted for the highly Irish and romantic character of his communications, a few nights ago sent a quantity of "copy" to be telegraphed to his clients. When the clerk came to examine the copy he found a tailor's bill, somewhat lengthy, and somewhat antiquated as to the dates at which the articles were supplied, and with a request to Mr. more peremptory than polite, that he would make immediate payment. The clerk was puzzled. Clearly Mr. 's tailor's bill was not intended to be pub- lished in papers at Bristol, Dublin, and elsewhere. On the other hand, Mr. Monsell's orders were explicit-all messages were to be sent on as delivered. Thereupon the clerk "wired" the whole of Mr. # 's coats, vests, and inexpressibles, not forgetting the demand for payment. It may be readily imagined that the editors were somewhat puzzled when they received this very voluminous document. They had be en accustomed to wild flights of fancy on the part of their correspondent, and had found these on the whole as telling as they were imaginative. But this bill was so terribly matter-of-fact that they could not see any prospect of "sensation" in it. So they decided not to print it, and Mr. 's tailoring arrangements are still withheld from the public. • £ :?, <-• u. The High Sheriff has convened "a Yorkshire county meeting to be held in the Castle Yard, York, on tho 21st inst., to congratulate the Queen and tho Princess of Wales on the convalescence of his Royal Highess the Princo of Wales. It is said that the Lord-Advocate's Scotch Edu- cation Bill will recommend the establishment of a Scotch Board of Education at Edinburgh, and the appointment of a. paid secretary. The bill will contain commissory clauses. V • V Cardinal Antonelli has informed the German Empire that he denounces the Concordat of 1801, so far as regards those parts of the French territory which have become German by virtue of the Frankfort Treaty. The validity of this objection, so far as the rights of nations are concerned, is disputed at Berlin, but some compromise will probably be made with the Holy See respecting the I'

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