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THE ARTS, LITERATURE, &c. PHIZ has just ready a companion to his recent How Pippins enjoyed a Day with the Fox-hounds," to wit, How Pippins enjoyed a Day with the Stag- hounds," the 3ame size as the former, twelve plates, quarter double elephant. IN the Melbourne General Cemetery a monument to the memory of Burke and Wills, the courageous and unfortunate explorers, has been erected. This consists of a massive granite monolith, roughly hewn as from the quarry, twelve feet high, six feet square at the base, tapering to five feet at the summit; it is raised on a die of a single block, nine feet high and eight feet square, which bears the inscription. The base consists of two steps, the lowest covering fourteen square feet; the total height of the monument is eighteen feet. THE Austrian Academy'of Fine Arts announces that an exhibition of pictures will take place in Vienna next year, opening the 15th of April and closing the 31st of May. All artists are invited to send such works as are in their own possession, and have not been already ex- hibited in Vienna the term for receiving works being from the 15th of March to the 1st of April. Prices are to be affixed in Austrian money; pictures without frames are inadmissible, and subjects which offend against decency will be rigidly excluded. THE Grand Reception-room at Windsor Castle, which has been closed to the public for several weeks past, will shortly be re-opened. The decorations in Louis XIV. style, have been entirely repainted in the same richness and splendour as when originally finished from designs prepared in the reign of George IV. As soon as the scaffolding is removed the public will be admitted as heretofore. IN commemoration of the visit of the Queen and Prince Consort, in 1861, to the beautiful well at the Hill o' Craig o' Doon, Lord Dalhousie called it the Queen's Well. Since the melancholy loss of the Queen, the Earl erected a memorial to our lamented Prince, in a way which reflects much credit on his taste and good feeling, and is in admirable keeping with the scenery around. Over the well six solid arches of roughly-hewn granite rear themselves about twenty feet high, terminating in a rude cross of white quartz— both kinds of stone gathered from the neighbouring hills. This cross is said to be but temporary, to be replaced by a suitable block of granite. But even as it is, the eye finds no fault with the tout ensemble, which gives a massive, yet light and elegant imitation of the old Scottish crown. Within its base the clear well now bubbles up in all its beauty, piercing a surface of finely-broken quartz of snowy whiteness, and re- strained for a time within a basin of smooth sand- stone, on the margin of which, all unobscured by the clear waves that are ever lapping over, runs tflis touching legend:— Best, travellers, on this lonely green, And drink and pray for Scotland's Queen." Outside of all, smooth green turf is laid, and beyond that is the natural herbage, soon lost among the brown heath and grey stones of the mountain side, on which small white cairns are seen to rise, suggestive and appropriate accessories to this memorial of respect and sympathy. An inscription on the lower stone of the central arch simply sets forth that "Her Majesty Queen Victoria and His Royal Highness the Prince Consoit visited this well and drank of its refreshing waters the 20th September, 1861, The year of her Majesty's great sorrow." Lord Dalhousie submitted the plan of the erection to the Queen ere a stone was laid, and all received her Majesty's gracious approval, but one desire, which showed the feelings of the widowed Queen, was ex- pressed, namely, that it should be called the Prince's Well." EVERY season, it is said, brings its various duties and obligations to man, but publishers appear to be in advance of the seasons. Already books and almanacs for 1864 are advertised. Autumn's shades are scarcely exhibited when we are reminded by these things of the frosts and snows of winter, when, sitting by a cozy fire, such reading is pleasant. Amongst works of this kind we notice Cassell's Illustrated Family Almanac for 1864. It is said that the circulation ob- tained by this in 1863 was something enormous and, judging from the contents for the ensuing year, we conclude that it may even exceed its predecessors in usefulness and popularity.

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