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OUR | LONDON CORRESPONDENT.'

NEWS NOTES. is

DECLARATIONS OF HEADS OF STATES.

jSOUTH AFRICA. I

CHINA. I

THE LAST NEW CRAZE. I

SAD LIST OF TRAGEDIES. I

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ITHE ROYAL TOUR.

I NEW DEAN OF SALISBURY. I

I ESCAPE AND CAPTURE OF |…

HUGE SAILING SHIP LOST.I

THE ROYAL UNITED SERVICE INSTITUTION.

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- THE WHIST CRAZE. -.-......

1900 RECORD CLARET YEAR.

CONGO RUBBER TRADE.

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SHOPKEEPER (to importunate commercial tra- veller) Simkins, call the porter to kick this fellow out." Undaunted Commercial Traveller: Now, while we're waiting for the porter I'll show you an entirely new line-best thing you ever laid eyes on." Yes," sighed Smith; I have just got a note from the landlady." What does she say ?" She says that I must pay my back board at once, or her daughter will sue me for breach of promise. I'm thinking what I'd better do." DOESN'T Isabel use a good deal of face powder ?" Face powder! She ought to belong to the Plasterers' Union." UNLESS some very marked change comes soon in the position of affairs artists will (the Globe thinks) have cause to remember the present season as one of the worst on record. Not for many years have the sales at the art galleries been so disappointing, and the attendances so unsatisfactory. What is the cause of the depression it is a little difficult to say. probably a combination of adverse influences is responsible for the absence of effective interest in the doings of living painters. But the fact remains that the falling off in the sales of modern works which has been for many seasons past ap- parent in the art market has been accentuated rather than diminished this year, and the wail of the unappreciated is louder/and more persistent than it has ever been before. NEARLY a hundred and fifty water-colour draw- ings of the Holy Land and Egypt, by the late H. A. Harper, are now to be seen in one of the rooms of the Fine Art Society. They are for the most part results of his first, journey to the East, works which during his life he refused to part with be- cause they represented places in the desert of Sinai, which he did net expect to, be able to re- visit. Some are slight sketches, expressive in method and delightful in*their suggestions of local colour and atmospheric effect, others are important renderings of impressive subjects carefully de- tailed and full of qualities of design and handling. They show well the variety nncf strength of his method, and the acateness of his observation.