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THE ARTS, LITERATURE, &c. ORDERS for 210,000 copies of the Prison Life of Jefferson Davis" have been received by the publisher, Carleton. THE Archbishop of York this week opened a fine arts and industrial exhibition at York, and delivered an address upon the occasion. About .£6,000 has been subscribed as a guarantee fund, and a building has been erected for the purpose of the exhibition at a cost of 44 000. MR. HOTTEN will shortly publish a little volume of humorous" Advice to Parties About to Marry, written and most appropriately illustrated by the Hon. Hugh Rowley, one of whose minute illuminations, in the south room Royal Academy, ha.s this year been so greatly admired. THE "Memoirs of Prince Talleyrand"—the mate- rials for which, by an extraordinary will of the late owner, were not to be touched for 30 years—will be published during the coming autumn. The Duchess de Dino, Talleyrand's niece, however, was enabled to veto this strange clause in the document, and the work is to appear simultaneously in London, Paris, and, it was originally intended, Vienna. IT was stated lately that her Majesty had kindly announced her intention of presenting the Working Men's Club, Inverness, with a selection of books- works of fiotion and light literature. As the books were expressly selected by her Majesty, it may be interesting to give a list of them, as sent by Dr. Robertson to Mr. Macdougall, Hawthorn Walk. They are the Waverley Novels, Scott's Poetry, Smiles' Lives of the Engineers," Cooper's Novels (26 volumes), "My Schools and Schoolmasters," Hodson's Twelve Years in India," Grant's Novels (19 volumes), Pickwick" and Nicholas Nickleby," Lights and Shadows of Scottish Life," Aytoun's Lays of the Cavaliers," Gleig's Life of Wellington," Seott's "Tales of a Grandfather," Marryat's Novels (13 volumes), and Bulwer's Last Days of Pompeii." The books have arrived, and are all strongly bound. j IN the month of March last Messrs. Cassell, Petter. i and Galpin offered twenty prizes—ten of £ 5 each and ten of £ 3 each—for the best and second beat essay on the following subjects:—1. The Franchise. 2. Trades Unions. 3. The best means of securing a perfect or. ganisation and unity of action of all the Working Classes as a body. 4. The advantages to the Working Man of Sunday as a day of rest. 5. Strikes. 6. Edu. cation. 7. Co-operation. 8. Exhibitions. 9. Working Class Dwellings. 10. Domestic Economy. One of the conditions was, that each Essay must be the original production of a bond fide working man, or the wife or daughter of a working man. The publication of the Essays to which the Prizes have been awarded is now commenced in the Working Man, and we select an ex- tract from the first prize essay on The Franchise:" —" The mere responsibility of a discretionary vote will have a dignity which will, to a great extent, be a guarantee of its being faithfully discharged. Patriot. ism will grow stronger, and a higher sense of duty will succeed, from men knowing that they belong to that great delegation which is really the governing power of the nation and they will feel a sympathy with it, which in turn will inspire a confidence that will tend very much to its stability. Another advantage will be in the improved relations which will spring up between those whose interests are identical, but who, from chasma created by the possession of privileges on one side, and the absence of them on the other, have regarded each other sometimes with suspicion, and at others with defiance. If these are reasonable probabilities, and we believe they are, the legislature, on opening access whereby the working classes may become in- vested with electoral privileges, will be amply repaid, in the first place, in having its fears disarmed; ia the second, by the ability and self-maintained social order the step will permanently secure. THE National Portrait Exhibition at South Ken- sington will be olosed on Saturday, the 18th instant. EARL RUSSELL has consonted to preside at the annual meeting of the Devonshire Association for the Advancement of Science and Art, which meets at Tavistook on the 8th instant. AT a meeting lately hold in Sydney, the Mayor in the chair, it was resolved to make arrangements for the completion by April, 1870, of a memorial to com. placed in the library of the Society of the Middle Temple. It is the work of Mr. Morton Edwards. It is also intended to have in the same a fulMength portrait of his Royal Highness, who is one of the Benohers. The portrait will be subscribed for exclu- sively by members of the Middle Temple. UPWARDS of 20,000 persons were present on St. George's-day at the unveiling in Sydney of the bronze cast, obtained from New South Wales, of Mr. Theed's statue of the late Prince Consort. It is placed on a handsome pedestal in one of the finest sites in the city, at the entrance to Hy de-park. The figure is ten feet high, and the likeness is striking. A PORTRAIT of the late Duke of Richmond, by that popular artist Signor Baccani, has been placed in the Senior United Service Club, where the veterans of the Peninsular war will see a striking likeness of the noble- man through whose exertions medals for that glorious campaign under Wellington were eventually issued. IN this season of home travel we may remind our readers that the Southampton Exhibition, which was opened last week, will well repay those who may have a few hours to spare at Southampton. The Queen has sent many Art-treasures from Osborne. There are upwards of 500 oil and water-colour pictures from various houses of note in Hampshire, and a great variety of other contributions, some unique, and several of a highly.interesting nature. The price of admission to the Exhibition is one shilling on each day but Saturday, when it is two shillings and sixpence. THE Prussian official Staatsanzeiger recounts, in high-flown historical style, how at one o'clock on the memorable day of the battle of Sadowa his Majesty ate a sausage! The Court painter is to paint his Majesty in the very act, and the picture is to be sent to the Paris Exhibition.

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