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THE ARTS, LITERATURE, &e. A MEMORIAL statue of the late Mr. Joseph Locke is to be erected at Barnsley: the work is by Baron Marochetti. ONE of the most important of the acquisitions of the British Museum, comprised in the recent purchase of the remains of the Farnese collection of sculptures from the ex-King of Naples, is a figure of Mercury, much resembling the statue in the Vatican, but which has not suffered mutilation of its hand. AN equestrian statue of the late Prince Consort, cast in bronze by Messrs. Elkington, of Birmingham, from a model by Mr. Thornicroft, of London, at a cost of .£1,300, defrayed by a general subscription in Halifax, was last week publicly unveiled, on its Aber- deen granite pedestal at Ward's-end, whither volun- teers, the corporation, subscribers, &c., walked in procession from the Town-hall, preceded by one volun- teer band and followed by another. THE inhabitants of Marylebone are exerting them- selves to establish a School of Art for the working classes. It now appears, by the statement of a local journal, that a working-class industrial exhibition will be held at Christmas in the schoal-room in Great Portland-street; a meeting is called in the same place. A BEAUTIFUL memorial bust of the late Sir .G. C. Lewis, which has been modelled by Mr. Weeks, the sculptor, under the direction of Mr. Lowe, M.P., and is a striking likeness of the deceased statesman, has just been placed in Westminster Abbey by a few of Sir George's private friends. THE working men of Birkenhead have subscribed for a bust of Mr. John Laird, M.P., to be placed in the Birkenhead Borough Hospital, which owes its foundation to the liberality of that gentleman. The bust is of Carrara marble, and has been executed by Mr. M'Bride. SOME of the first artists in Paris are now busily employed in sculpturing a collection of beasts destined to be placed in the gardens of the Sultan at Constanti- nople. Twenty-two animals are already completed- crocodiles, porcupines, tigers, and serpents, so life- like," says a contemporary, "that one scarcely feels safe in their neighbourhood." THE Dundee Town Council have finally resolved to invite the British Association to visit that place next year, preferring, however, that the visit should take place in 1867. THE first of the series of Mosaic paintings which are to adorn the spandrels of the dome of St. Paul's is now completed and exposed to view. It represents the prophet Isaiah. THE Working Men's Committee, who organised the planting of a Shakespeare oak on Primrose-hill are now engaged in the far more arduous task of collecting £2,400 for a Shakespeare statue and an ornamental screen to cover it. ONE of the most curious and interesting discoveries for some years at Pompeii has just been made. It consists of a large white square marble block, upon which is carved an almanack with some extraordinary and interesting data. THE Rev. John Greenwell, one of the vice-presi- dents of the Surtees Society, was intrusted by Lord Carlisle with the task of exploring the curious British tumuli at Castle Howard. He proceeded accordingly to open two, but they showed evident signs of having been already ransacked. In one he found several urns, ashes of human bones, some wrought flints, and a flint thumb-ring; in the other a very fine scalloped or pectinated urn, and a curiously constructed floor of concrete. All such remains were probably searched hundreds of years ago, under the supposition that they contained valuable ornaments, as they probably did, and there is not much left for the modern anti- quary to find. AOTIVE operations were commenced last week for the manufacture and submersion of the new Atlantic telegraph cable. The construction of the core, with all the latest practicable improvements, is progressing at the works of the GuttaPercha Company in the Wharf-road, City-road, London, in accordance with the designs of the scientific commission, consisting of Captain Galton, Professors Wheatstone and Thomson, and Messrs. Fairbairn, Whitworth, and Varley. The iron wire, and hempen covering forming the exterior portion of the cable, are also in hand at the manu- factory of the Telegraph Construction Company's works, and Messrs. Glass and Elliot, the contractors, at Mordcn Wharf, East Greenwich, a large number of artisans being employed at both places for the purpose. The new cable is in every respect a great improvement on the old one of 1858. THE imposition at New York and other American ports on foreign newspapers, amounting to all but a prohibition, has induced some spirited Transatlantic publishers to announce reprints of All the Yc-ar Bound, the Illustrated London News, and Punch. A POET who has been dead for twenty-five years, and whose works are now for the first time published in a collected form, must either have very great ability or very warm friends. The "Poems of Winthrop Mackworth Praed," just published, suggest both these alternatives. They possess a spirit and a feeling, a delicacy and refinement, which lift them far above the average verse-making, yet they would hardly have made their appearance in .print if Praed had not been a man of note in his day, whose memory had been kept alive by warmly-affectionate friends. He was a man of high promise, but cut off in early life. Born in 1802, and educated at Eton, he graduated -at Trinity College, Cambridge, became a member of the bar, and after- wards entered Parliament, where, had his health not failed him, he would have risen to high repute. As it was, he held the office of Secretary of the Board of Control under the Peel Government in 1834-5, and died in 1839. His mind was, perhaps, better fitted for literature than for the rougher and sterner work of politics-at least, that is the impression which one gathers from the tenderness and the grace which distinguish most of the compositions now given to the world. Besides writing poetry, Praed was a, critic and a satirist of considerable power, but chief contributions to the magazines were the 'poems now published, consisting of tales in verse, poems of love and fancy, life and manners, and so forth. There is a charming sketch of a young lady, five months old," full of bright thoughts and deep feeling. Arminius is a more serious and sus- tained flight. The German patriot denounces the: brother who has sold himself to the Roman invaders, and curses him for the desolation and the slavery he has brought upon his country. But Praed was more at home in political hits "—in pictures of social life —such as "The County Ball," in which the verse,is flowing and easy, and the sketches of character are very-amusing. Of the lighter poems, this definition of 'Love is a good specimen I think tha.t Love is like a play, Where smiles and tears are blended; Or like a faithless April day, When shine with shower is ended. Like Colnbrook pavement, rather rough, Like trade, exposed to losses; And like a Highland plaid, all stuff, And very full of crosses.

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