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SOCIETY GOSSIP 1 From the World. The Queen Is to leave Windsor Tor Osborne on either [Saturday or Tuesday next. Her Majesty Will starb about ten o'clock, travelling direct to the Clarence Yard at Gosporb, where she is to embark for East Cowes on board the Alberta, and Oaborne will be reached in good time for luncheon 80 that the Queen can take a drive about the park in the afternoon. Several improvemenls have been carried out at Osborne during the last three mouths, including the addition of a iifu for the use Of the Queen. Besides the lifb which his been placed in the private apartments at Windsor Castle for the accommodation of the Queen, another improvement Which lias been made there is an alteration in the Erivate chapel which will obviate the necessity of er Majesty going up several steps when she enters the Royal pew. This chapel, which is in the private apartments, is ab the North-easb angle of Uie upper ward, and is approached from the west by the State rooms, and on the soulh by the'corridor, and it is bv the latter route that the Queen and the Royal Family always enter. The chapel was the music-room during the reign of George IV., and ib was designed by Sir Jeffery Wyatville and Converted to its present) purpose by Blore. The Style of decoration IB the Perpendicular Gothic, modified after the practice of William of Wyke- ham, and many of the details are copied from the Chapel of New College, Oxford. The panellings *nd furniture are of oak, and the seats and altar are covered with crimson velveb. The windows are filled with stained-glass, and the pulpit is exactly opposite to the Royal pew. The chapel Contains a very fine organ, which was renovated a few years ago at a cost of about f 2,000, and ib is 10 arranged that ib is available both for the chapel Services and for organ recitals or concerts in the St. George's Hall. The Royal pew has a finely grained ceiling and ft Blained-glass window, and ib communicates with a gallery which rutls round the chapel (affording a private way to the altar), and which is hung wibh historical portraits of great value, including a superb Henry VIII. by Holbein, several Kings of Fiance, Isabella of Castile, and the mother of Mary Queen of Scots. A magnificent gold com- munion service, given by Queen Anne, belongs to the chapel, and the Queen gave another service About fifty years ago. There is also a font of lOassive gold, with very ornate decorations. The Duke of Coburg, after consulting with the Queen, ami with the Prince of Wales, placed himself in communication with Lord Salisbury and Mr. Gladstone on the subject of his Parliamentary fcllowauce of f25,000 a year, which he has resolved to surrender and thia very generous decision will probably be formally announced by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons before Parlia- tttenb adjourns. The Duke's allowance was granted to him by Act of Parliameub, and only an Act of Parliament could take it away. This was settled in 1830, when it was proposed to deprive Prince Leopold of Sxxe-Coburg-Gotha (who had been elected King of the Belgians) of the allowance of 150,000 a year which had been voted to him for life on his marriage with the Princess Charlotte. King Leopold kept both Claremonb and the allow- ance, bub he regularly repaid to the Treasury the bulk of the income, reserving only enough to defray his English pensions and the cost of main- taining Claremonb. Ernest Duke of Cumberland did nob give up his Pariiamenbary allowance when he became King of Hanover in 1837, but continued bo draw it until his death, in 1851. Lord Roberts, when recently offered the Governor- ship of Malta, stated distinctly that he did nob dexire employinenb oub of England. He has spent 10 many years of his life in India that his medical advisers HI rongly recommend him to remain at home. There is every possibility of his ultimately going to Ireland to command the troops there, but until Lord Wolseley's time is up—two years hence —Bobs will quietly waib events. There are again rumours that steps will be taken tHe Iniigbo reduce the Army of Occupation in Egypt. As yet, however, these rumours find no justification in fact. Two very remarkable Napoleonic relics are in the Btarkeh The one is the theatre at Elha, which the exiled Emperor caused to be built at Partoferraio on the site of the Convent of Our Lady ab Carmel. U11 Teatro degli Academici Vigilanti," as ib is ttompouaty called, is hopelessly mortgaged, and will probably be pulled down after a forced sale. The second is far more interesting: it consists of the picturesque villa, on the road from Geneppo to Monb SIJ. Jean, where Napoleon dined and slept nn the nighb of June 17th, 1815, and from the beauLiful garden of which he planned the battle of Waterloo, leaning on a low wall which commands a panorama of the surrounding country and it was here he held his last council of war. A great deal of the original furniture has been preserved. The house belonged for many years to a well-known Belgian aichitecb, who is now anxious to dispose of iu From the Leeds Mercury. A young Prussian soldier in garrison in a small town in Silesia has evinced a decided aversion to barrack life the military profession has no charm inr him. What was he to do, however ? An idea write to the Kaieer t" itu.' he wrote to him in the following terms: "'Honoured Emperor, I aw dying of ennui. I was twli bom for this and I should love my Emperor wiseli more if he would find me some employment in one of his chateaux, either at Potsdam or Berlin. I would even go to Babelsberg." The effort of the trooper has met with partial success. His Colonel liae announced to him that he can have a situation MR office-keeper in the bureau of a member of the Ministry when he shall have completed the term of his military duty required by the law. From the Athenaeum. Lord Edmond Fitzmaurice, whose life of Lord Slielbourne was cordially welcomed, is preparing Ute life of Sir William Petty, another and more remote, though nob less remarkable ancestor. Many lebters in the Lansdowne archives supply Hi itch interesting information concerning the relations between Sir William Pebby and tbe Crom. Well family. The taste for "Editions de luxe" of books which MMue years ago was so pronounced, seems to have Changed. A copy of this edition of Dickens's works has jusb been sold under the hammer in the lwovincea. The price realised was sixteen guineaa. From the Publishers' Circular. There are signs that, after all, the greab English Universities are making an efforb to march with the limes. After centuries of unaccountable apathy, Oxford has nt last resolved to take official cogni- ettteeof English language and liberature as subjects of legitimate study. The surprising thing is that the necessity of such a change was so long dis- regarded still more surprising is ib that the foundation of an English School should at this time of dAY be made a matter of hot debate. Our leading Universities have rendered splendid aid to the cause of scholarship. Their sons have come forth primed with Latin and Greek, dabs in dead language*; biob, ala-i I boo often deplorably ignorant of their mother tongue. Greek and Roman Clanaies are excellent; but are there no classics in English literature worthy of the attention of the flrst educational institutions in the land • It is to ^ope* lhafc Oxford will do ibself the credib of wataMfhing an English School wibhoub delay. A ^rwdnaie of an English University iguoranb of the literature and language of his own counbry is hrel, the oddeeb of anomalies.

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CLIPPINGS FROM BOOKS.

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THE VEILED PICTURE.

" JUST ONE KISS BEFORE PARTING."

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TELLING A MAN'S CHARACTER…

PEACE AND WAR. I

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NOTES ON HEALTH.

DISTRICT INTELLIGENCE.

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