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EPITOME OF NEWS. GENERAL SIR Jons Ross has sold Stone Hoost his property near Carlisle, to Mr. R. O. Lamb* of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. THE German Emperor has appointed his brother, Prince Henry of Prussia, to the command of the cruiser squadron. TIIE Town Council of Perth has had under considera- tion the offer of Mr. Japp. of Alyth, to sell the building known as "The Fair Maid's House." It has been resolved by the To ivn Council to offer for the property. THE Archbishops of Canterbury and York will begin to hear the arguments in certain ritual cases, referred to them by the diocesan bishops, on May 8, sitting in the old guard-room at Lambeth Palace. LOKD DCNOLASS has been staying at The Hirsel, the Earl of Home's seat near Coldstream, for salmon iishing in the Tweed, and has obtained good sport on theBirgham water. MA.IOR-GHINERAL H. F. GRANT, C.B., has began his annual inspection of the cavalry at Aldershot. SIR JOliN LUBBOCK has been interviewed in refe- rence to the movement which is again taking place in regard to the establishment of an Autumn Bank Holiday. Sir John said he was not in favour of such a proposal, but he had repeatedly advocated the establishment of an extra Bank Holiday in July to be called Victoria's Day, in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee of her Majesty. He thought the advantage of that date as compared with the later month must be apparent to everyone, seeing that the days were much longer and there was every proba- bility of the weather being fine. SIR WILLIAM TURNER, who has been nominated for the presidency of the British Association next year, when the meeting will be held at Bradford, has for 32 years been Professor of Anatomy in the Univer- sity of Edinburgh, and was last year elected Presi- dent of the General Medical Council. He is an honorary member of the Royal Irish Academy, and of other learned societies, and is hon. LL.D. of Glasgow and Montreal Universities hon. D.C.L. of Oxford, Durham, and Toronto hon. D.Sc. Dublin; F.R.S. London and Edinburgh M.B. rIlivrsity of London and F.R.C.S. London and Edinburgh. Sir William, who received his knighthood in 1886, has published numerous memoirs on subjects connected with human and comparative anatomy. He is 67. TIIE necklace presented by Mr. George W. Vander- bilt to his bride on the occasion of their recent mar- riage was probably the most valuable in the world. It is composed of diamonds and rubies, the smallest of the latter costing £800, and the largest £1500; the entire necklace taking no less than £100.000 to purchase. It can safely be asserted that no Royal lady possesses a necklace of this value. The size at the rubies ranges from that of a mans thumb-nail to the size of the nail on bis little finger, and the neck- lace took six months to make. THE Duchess of York has one of the most inte- resting collections of post-cards on record. It has been contributed to by the Sovereigns of every land where post-cards are used, the German relations of her Royal Highness supplying by far the greatest number, many of which are very picturesque and artistic. Post-card albums are for the moment ousting both stamp and autograph albums from favour, and have the advantage in both respects, inasmuch as they supply the stamp of various nationalities as well as the autograph of some friend or distinguished individual—and, furthermore, a dainty bit of scenery. MRS. GOELET is one of the richest widows in the world, and this in spite of the fact that her son and daughter are each richer than she is. They are thoroughly acclimatised Americans in Great Britain. The late millionaire practically made his home in England, and was very popular with a large section of English society. Miss Goelet is not yet 20, and she will not come into the full enjoyment of her immense fortune—estimated at over £ 6,000,000—until she is five years older. The same wise provision was made regarding her brother. LORD SACKVILLE has presented the Rev. Vicars A. Boyle, who has since 1892 been vicar of Burton-on- Trent, to the living of Portslade, near Brighton. THE German Emperor has conferred upon Baron Alfred Rothschild, of London, the Order of the Crown of the First Class. THE Earl of Minto. the Governor-General of Canada, is letting Minto House, Roxbughshiife, with the shootings, extending to about 9500 acres. COLONEL MACDONALD and the members of his party have arrived at Mombasa on their return from the interior. All are well. THE Hereditary Grand Duchess of Oldenburg is staying at Wurzburg for the benefit of her health. The Grand Duchess travels incognita as the Countess von Lehnsau. SIR HENRY HARBBN has promised £3000 to the fund for building a new hospital at Hampstead, pro- vided £14.000 can be raised by June 1. M. SEDELMEYBR has presented to the Louvre Picture Gallery in Paris a portrait of Lamartine, by the English painter. Henry Wyndham Philips. M. JEAN DE FOURTON, the youngest son of the former French Minister of that name, has committed suicide in Paris. He left a letter to his mother stating that pecuniary embarrassment was tbe cause of his act. TIIE Due d'Alencon has visited Lourdes for the purpose of presenting a banner made out of one of the dresses of the duchess, who perished in the Paria Charity Bazaar fire. A CARBOY of benzine exploded in a carriage of a train on the line to Dwinsk (Russia). The carriage was burned, and six women and one man perished. THE Queen has appointed Mr. William Vincent Wallace to one of the vacancies now in her gift to the Charterhouse Poor Brotherhood. Mr. Wallace is the son of the composer of Maritana," Lur- line," &c. ON the recommendation of Viscount Charlemont, C.B., H.M.L., for Tyrone, the Lord Lieutenant has been pleased to appoint Robert Thomas Graves Lowry, of Pomeroy House, County Tyrone, to be a Deputy-Lieutenant in the room of the late Earl of Caledon. HEIMI HEINE, the artist, who was sentenced in Berlin to six months' imprisonment for insulting the Kaiser in one of his caricatures, has had his sen- tence commuted to six months' confinement in a for- tress. Mr. PETTENPRICH MACGILLIVRAY, A.R.S.A., has completed in the clay a fine bust of Mr. William McEwan, M.P.. commissioned by the University of Edinburgh for the McEwan Hall. The bust, which is on a heroic' scale, is over four feet in height, and is to stand on a pedestal five feet high. COUNT MUKSTER, the German Ambassador ia Paris, has arrived at Cannes for a stay of three weeks. Count Munster always spends a few weeks at Cannes each year, when he meets numerous old friends and relations, his second wife having been Lady Harriet St. Clair-Erskine, who died in 1867. THE Royal Schloss at Wiesbaden is being prepared for the reception of the German Emperor, who is expected there for the festival performances whi are to be given at the Royal Theatre during the month of May. His Majesty will arrive on the 14th or 15th of May. and will be present at the perform- ance of "Der Eisezahn," "Mignon," "Der Waffen- schmied," and Rheingold." TnE late Professor Rutherford, of Edinburgh, has bequeathed to his niece, Mrs..A,1Jje i £ Bywater, Cairnmount, the copyright and engraved plates of five songs which he composed, and he recommends II her to sell the oopyrights to a publisher of music on condition that she ijbtains from him a sufficient royalty on every copy sold as long as she lives." To the University of Edinburgh he has bequeathed his very valuable medical library, microscopical speci- mens, and cabinets, diagrams, &c. CAMBRIDGE men will hear with interest the pro- posals for reform in the Classical Tripos. Part I. of that examination sufficed until now to qualify for the degree, and was in the great majority of cases taken at the end of the third year. It will now hare to be supplemented by one of the sections of Part II. The classical degree in future will therefore connote a wide range of classical study, though some deduction will perhaps result in the standard of pure scholarship. LORD DXLAMKRE, during his recent expedition into East Equatorial Africa, made a very valuable collec- tion of zoological specimens, some of which he is presenting to the Natural History Museum. He suc- ceeded in taking a series of photographs of most of the representative animals met with, including elephants, giraffes, sebras, antelopes, gazelles, &c., 4c. As the pictures show the characters of the country as well as the natural features and positions of the animals in their wild state, the photograph* are of great scientific interest. THE wall-paintings which have been unearthed Hampton Court, in Queen Anne's Drawing Boom. will interest the curious rather than please people of taste. They belong to a period when redundancy an florid assertion were in fashion, and they are me work of an artist, Verrio, who carried the its utmost limits. Not more than 50 years a tney were painted they were covered np asi a temporary writer put it, they were thought so in- different"; and they have the present day. It is to be hoped tbey will not now set a fashion in house decoration. HENRT BURTON, a dynamit^con^c^HAS been re- leased from prison. BurtoVX 1TLCOn" Section with tbe e^losion' Tower the House .f Commons, and Westminster Hall ml88o. TH* persona' and J16late M. Syngros, the Greek banker, has been sworn by the executors a* 50 million drachmas. Tø- well-known oarsman, Ten Syck, will not enter for Henley Regatta this year, owing to his disquali- [ totioo in 1898. t.