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THE ARTS. LITERATURE, &c. -4* THE history of Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orleans, has just been written at length by a lady, Harriet Parr. The infamy of her death appears to rest chiefly with the French. Princes of her own nation," says Miss Parr, betrayed her to death, and priests of her own nation accomplished her death." MR. MURRAY has issued in a lucky moment a little book called "Memorials of the Tower of London," by Lieut-General Lord Do Roo. The book is well illus- trated. The account given by Lord Do Ros of the recent alterations, as well as the description of the present state of the Tower, are also well done. PAUL HAYNE, the young Southern poet, writes to the New York Bound Table, from Georgia, relative to the new volume by Leigh Hunt, which has just ap- peared in America. He says: Six years ago, I received from Leigh Hunt-in acknowledgment, I presume, of certain complimentary reviews and verses —a most curious and valuable present; some strands, namely, of the hair of Keats, Shelley, Byron, and his own likewise. These I had neatly framed, and, though the war has left me a beggar, I have religiously pre- served relics so precious. Shelley's hair and John Keats's have a golden tinge which is exquisite. Byron's is coarse and dark, like some phases of his character. As for Hunt's, the looks are white as snow." THE American writer, Dr. J. Austin Allibone, has at last completed hia Critical Dictionary of English Literature," and the second volume will soon be placed before the public. The Philadelphia Press gives some statistics about this valuable work. It was projected in 1850, and the author commenced preparing it for the press in 1853. The first volume (A to J), of over 1,000 pages imperial octavo, was published in December, 1858. The manuscript of the whole work, fairly copied for the press, fills 19,044 large foolscap pages. Twenty-two months were re quired to write up the letter S, and about as many more for the letter W. The catalogue of authors includes 700 Smiths, 90 of whom are Johns. Alto- gether there are 30,000 biographical and literary notices, and there are 40 indices of subjects. The entire mass of manuscript was copied by Mrs. Alli- bone. A PHOTOGRAPH of the scene in St. George's Chapel on the occasion of the Princess Helena's marriage, was taken by Messrs. Watkins, of Parliament-street, and, in addition to this, a separate picture of each of the eight bridesmaids has since been taken by the same firm, with the intentioia of forming the whole into a group. Great care has been taken that each figure should be skilfully .posed, so that the picture may possess high artistic qualities, and be valued as well for them as for the occasion it will commemorate. THE Missouri Republican gives a long account of a demonstration made in St. Louis on the occasion of the presentation to the Mercantile Library Associa- tion by the members of the Caledonian Society in that city of a bust of the poet Burna, executed in marble by our townsman, Mr. William Brodie, R.S.A. The presentation of the bust was made in the large hall of the Library Association, which was quite crowded by an audience who evinced a warm interest in the pro- ceedings. The bust was much admired, and is spoken of in the most favourable terms by the press. ONE of the oddest things noticeable at the National Portrait Exhibition is, that No. 355, "Robert Devereux, Second Earl of Essex," dated 1594, then 27 years of age, and No. 362, "Qaeon Elizabeth," both belongingto the Earl of Verulam, and heirlooms we beiiive, are dressed in a black stuff which is obviously of the same nature and pattern. There would be, of course, nothing un- usual in the fact of a ruler bestowing rich stuffs on a favourite subject. We remember bow, so long ago as the eleventh century, William the Conqueror was pro- voked to swear by She "light of God" that Roger Fitzosborn, son of William, Lord of the Isla of Wight and Earl of Hereford, should remain in prison during the rest of his reign, because he treated contumeiiously the splendid gift, "surcoat, silken tunic, and mantle of precious ermines brought from abroad," which the king sent to the said Roger, then a prisoner for re- bellion. Henry the First exasperated the very soul of Robert Courthouse, a prisoner, by inadvertently send- ing a new but torn robe.—Athenceum. THE report of tha Department of Science and Art has been published, and speaks of the generally satis factory progress of the body, and those other in con- nection with it. As regards science the examinations show a greater number of candidates successful in ob- taining certificates than at any previous time; the classes and students have made equally satisfactory progress. As regards art, the head-master of the training school records a considerable diminution in the number of certificates taken, as compared with those of last year, and the increase of one only in the number of medals awarded. Eight students only have offered themselves for national scholarships. It seems there are 16,621 students in the 91 schools of art 1 under this department. Two schools have been closed at Bolton and at Basingstoke, and three new ones opened at Abingdon, Bradford, and Inverness. There has been a decrease of 7,000 in the number of persons taught drawing since last year.

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