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TABLE TALK.

[Fkom Ont London Cokuesponuent.]

London, July 25. Viscount DanJo, whose matrimonial escapade with Bello Bilton I described to you in my last, is the young hopeiul of a very old family. His ancestors may not have come over with the Conqueror, but they wore well c/£ e.i'idnnre not long afterwards. The La Tranches were a powerful family in Poitou in the Middle Ages, and one of them Frederick La Tranche emigrated to England an*l settled down in Northumberland after the massacre of St. Bartholomew. The grandson of this La Tranche (also called Frederick) remov'd to Ireland, and acquired large estates in Galway. In 1 SOB the La Tranche of the period (hy that lime Anglicised to Trench) was created Karl of Clancarty in the peerage of Ireland. Later the Earl became a peer of Great Britain and Marquis of Hensdcn in Holland. Tim present Countess cf Clancarty is a daughter of Lord Bristol, and a very beautiful woman. Dunlo looks the merest lad. Tie has disappeared from the scenes of his late reckless misdoings with a tutor who will endeavor to instil a little common sense into him before ho comes of age. The friend who persuaded the Viscount that honor (I) necps.-.it it, m! Inn keeping his silly promise to Miss Bilton (who must be nearer thirty than twc.; q ) i: a mere boy like Dunlo himself, ami of course know 7 nothing of the fair damsel’s ready-made family. Australians will doubtless remember that one of the Lo Poor Trench’s was for many years captain of one of Green’s Biuekwall liners—the Shannon, I think it was—and bore the reputation of being a very dominecriug person. During the recent race week at Newmarket there was some high play in the evenings at Lord Lurgan’s, whither most of the smart young men usually adjourned after dinner. The Prince of Wales was present one night and tool: a bank at baccarat with Baron Hirseh. The pair were very lucky and w 7 on L 22,000 altogether, the chief loser being Lord Lmgan. Ii.R.IL seemed to regret having been led into the hu-jiness afterwards, and solemnly bound over all present to secrecy. Lord Lurgan’s servants were also severely cautioned. Nevertheless, the facts leaked out and were town talk in the High street and on the Heath the following afternoon. I see Mrs Maybrick has been complaining to a friend that Sir Charles Russell would not undertake her defence until she paid clown L4OO. As a matter of fact, Sir Charles, in fixing this sum as his fee, named the smallest honorarium which legal etiquette permits an ex-Attorney-General and Q.C. leaving the metropolis on a special mission to accept. Mrs Maybrick is in good health and spirits now she is sure of her advocate, and confidently anticipates acquittal. The Maybrick brothers disclaim any animus against the unfortunate woman, but have resolved, should she get off, to fight for the custody of their brother’s children. Her love passages with the estimable Mr Bricrley they think will justify this,

The death of Lord Ashburton was very sudden, and occurred under most painful circumstances, as it was the eve of the marriage of Ins eldest son. The first Baring was the son of a Lutheran pastor in Germany, and came to settle in London in 1717 as a cloth manufacturer. His sons initiated “ Baring Bros,” The family can now boast three peerages—Rcvolstoke, Ashburton, and Northbrook.

It has taken the Shah’s entertainers in England nearly a month to discover that he end his suite loathe ducks and lobsters (which they look upon ;vi unclean), and drink gallons of weak tea at all hours of the night and day. The apparent impossibility of procuring tills beverage at Buckingham Palace annoyed the Persians greatly. Instead of large jugfuls of what wo should call “swipes,” the Royal servants would persist in serving small potfuls of fullbodied syrupy Foochow. There was never enough, the tea was always jar too strong, and "the English lackeys couldn’t understand w'hy the Orientals were always ringing for it. At Hatfield things were rather better ; but it was not till the Centre of the Universe reached Mr Mackenzie’s, in Scotland, that he found his favorite drink ever at hand and on tap. At Birmingham, the King of King:; was seriously annoyed owing to two lobsters, dexterously enshrined in ice, being placed deliberately opposite him on the lunch table. These were the ekef d'amvrr.s of the mayor’s cook, and the feelings of that functionary on hearing that the Shah had with great irritation ordered them to be removed "imhmttr may be imagined. On this occasion the Centre of the Universe lunched off’a raw cucumber, which he cut in chunks and devoured with dry bread. The nice looking lid whom Lady Salisbury (a perfect dragon of propriety) discovered was a young Circassian lady masquerading in male attire has been withdrawn from the Shah’s travelling suite and sent to Brighton. His Majesty was greatly incensed at the fuss made about the alt'ur and the necessity of parting with, his favorite. His view was that in disguising the girl in male attire ho had practically complied with all the absurd necessities of English etiquette. When Lord Fife was offered the Dukedom of Inverness by the Queen ho told Her Majesty bo should prefer to be known by the name he has always borne. The Queen, therefore, created him Duke of Fife and Marquis of Macduff, The Royal marriage comes off to-morrow, and will be a very select affair, as only about 200 persons can anyhow be crammed into the small chapel at Buckingham Palace. I hear the Queen, with characteristic obstinacy, has refused to permit the future Duchess of Fife todispom e wi th liar rank as a royalty, and that she will in consequence be known as the Princess Louise of Fife. The wedding presents ato numerous and splendid, and the bride’s troimr.au, will cost L 4,000. This, however, ia really very moderate. The allowance for the trousseau of the Prussian Princess who is about to marry the Duke of Sparta was LIO,CCO. Nothing further has been heard of “ Jack the Kipper,” and local excitement in connection with the Whitechapel murders has again completely disappeared. The police and the vigilant societies are, however, on the qui vice, and every court and alley within the proscribed district is being most carefully watched. Dr Forbes Winslow, the notorious mad doctor (a great many people think he’s a little bit “ off” himself), has evolved an elaborate plot for the capture of the “ maniac murderer ” fas he calls “Jack the Ripper’), and placed it at the disposal of Commissioner Munro and his merry men. The latter ungratefully poohpoohed the scheme, so Dr Forbes and a few friends are going to put it into execution themselves and shame the police. We shall soon know what it is. THEATRICAL NOTES, A new farcical comedy by Burnand, called ‘The Headless Man,’ is to be produced at the Criterion Theatre to-morrow evening, in which Charles Wyndham will play one of the light comedy characters in which he is facile -princepa on the English stage. This play is intended to form the piece dr, resistance of the Criterion Company’s American tour, and will only run a week or two here. Unless our grandmotherly legislators finally forbid the use of children on the stage', Mr Beorbohm Tree will revive ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the Haymarket next season. Tie has also now playa by TTaddon Chambers and H. A. Jones on hand. ‘ The Middleman ’ is the name of H. A. Jones’s play, nowin rehearsal at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Willard takes the chief part, supported by Lady Monokton, Maude Millet, Arthur Dacre, and others. Sarah Bernhardt’s short season at tire Lyceum (in alternation with ‘ Otello ’) ends to-night- Tho plays produced have been wretchedly mounted and indifferently acted, nave in the case of Sarah herself. Moreover, even the latter’s performances seem to have been most unequal. ‘ Lena ’ (tho French version of ‘As in a Looking-glass’) struck me as the dullest piece I’d ever seen. The one thing which redeemed it from absolute commonplace was La Bernhardt’s death scene. This certainly is a veritable inspiration of genius, and far in advance of Mrs Bernavd-Beere’s uncouth contortions in the same character after poisoning herself with strychnine. Sarah takes morphine, and expires in a quiet hut most moving manner, MUSICAL NOTES. lii hia new book ‘ Fifty Years of Artistic Life’ Sima Reeves announces that he has retired from the concert platform, and means

in future to devote himself exclusively to teaching. Ho has quite given up all idea of viking Australia and New Zealand, The performances of ‘Otcilo’ at the Lyceum have only been a partial success. Next year Augustus Harris means to mount this work at Covcot Garden, with the two De Resiles in the parts created by Tamagno and Maurel, and with Madame Alhaai aa Uesdemona,

This year’s season at Covent Garden ends to-mor row with a mixed programme. Mr Harris’s greatest triumphs have been ‘Romeo and Juliette,’ ‘ Die Miestcrsinger,’ ‘Aida,’ ‘ Carmen,’ ‘Faust,’ and 'Lohengrin.’ Madame Schlager, an obese prrma domra from Vienna, sang twice with indifferent success in ' Trovatorcand pretty Marie Fair Zandt failed to draw in the worn out 1 Sonniimbuhi.’ Tire voices of Mdllos. Maciutyrc and Ella Russell were scarcely strong enough for such a big operahouse as Coveut Garden. Singing in conjunction with the Do Kcskcs Madame Melba’s triumph was complete, but alone iu ' Rigolctto ’ she scarcely scored so decisively.

The leading features of the coming Leeds Festival will be Berlioz's ‘ Faust,’ Corder’s cantata ‘ The Sword of Argantyr,’ Parry’s ‘ Ode on St. Cecilia’s Day,’ Crcser’s cantata ‘The Sacrifice of Freia,’ and Stanford’s ballad ‘The Voyage of Mueldune.’ The four last mimed have been specially written for the occasion. Sir Arthur Sullivan conducts, and, in addition to the novelties, there will bo performances of ‘The Golden Legend,’ ‘ Acis ami Galatea,’ unci Mendelssohn’s ‘ Hymn of Praise.’ TUIIP TOPICS. Friar’s Balsam was to badly beaten hy Pioneer in the private trial, for which the latter was specially sent to Kingaeleve, that John Porter did not advise his being started for the Eclipse Stakes, and it is very unlikely the son of Hermit and Flower of Dorset will ever again see a racecourse. The opposition to Ayrshire at Sandown was, consequently, of the weakest, Seabreeze, El Dorado, Seclusion, Gold, and Benburb alone putting in on appearance to compote for what was, not long ago, the richest stake in the world. At first 2to I was freely laid on the lucky Duke’s crack, but rumors spread that the colt was not iu his Kempton form, and so busy did Mr Fry’s usually deadly pencil appear that at the last the Ring accepted as little as fi to 4, and in places even money. Seabreeze and El Dorado were well backed at !) to 2 each, and Mr Manton had LSOO on Seclusion at 10 to 1. Gold and Benburb made the running till fairly in the line for home, when Seabreeze compounded, and Ayrshire, assuming the load from the hardridden El Dorado and Seclusion, won in a common canter by a couple of lengths. Mr Baird’s colt beat Mr Manton’a filly by a head only for the second money (L 500). Gold was fourth, and Seabreeze last. Value of stakes, LIO.oOO. The Duke of Portland’s three cracks have now won as under this year and last ISSB. ISSfI. Total. Ayrshire .. 08 075 ,020,0 0 £2.8,075 UuiiOV'.M .. .. 10,'187 23,275 l-!),7«2 Semolina .. ..

£25,16-2 .€48,835 £71,042 This is, of course, irrespective of His Grace’s minor winners, who of themselves make a resoeetahle show.

The institution of these rich stakes (especially two-year-old ones) has made an enormous difference in the value of promising youngsters. What would anyone have thought a few years back of an owner who refused L‘.’o,ooo for a two-year-old filly ? Yet this was the sum offered to and declined by the Duchess of Montrose for Riviera prior to the nu;;; for the Portland Stakes, of 0,000 sovs, at Leicester, which the sister to Seabreeze won. Moreover, Captain Machell, one of the shrewdest living judges of turf matxera, commended Her Grace’s discretion, as Riviera’s engagements are of enormous value (over LIOOJIOO), and given average luck the fill}' will certainly win more than a fifth of them.

John Corlctt calculates that L 50,000 would not buy the six runners for the Borland Stakes, and predicts that Heaume will win next year’s Derby ami Riviera the Oaks. Another magnificent-looking two-ycar-oid that lias been “ oil color ” since early spring came out in all its old form at Sandown Park on Friday. This was Mr Leopold De Rothschild’s Lactantius, which (starting favorite at 7 to 4) heat Ambassador, Tostig, and nine others, including Margarine and Devilfish, for tho Great Kingston Two-ycar-old Plate.

The Chetwynd Jiwo has been followed up, as anticipated, by the warning-off tlie turf of Mackaoy and Charles Wood and tho withdrawal of Sherrard’s training license. Wood is a rich man, and probably cares not a dump for the disgrace involved ; but to both Macksey and Sherrard banishment from Newmarket and other training quarters means absolute ruin. On dit both Mr “Abington” and John Hammond only escaped a similar fate by the merest squeak, and have both been severedy cautioned. LITERARY NOTES. Though Mr Wilkie Collins is a little belter at. tho time of writing his state continues most critical; in fact, life can only ho preserved for a time with the greatest care. Fortunately, the uovel ‘ Blind Love,’ which has just commenced to rim ia a number of English and colonial papers, is complete. I have read a few chapters, and notice it contains most of the virtues and failings of tho veteran novelist’s later and lessor work. One can hardly imagine it now, but there was, T. am assured, a time when Wilkie Collins ran Dickens very close in the race for popularity. Tho gradual development of the ‘ Woman in White,’ as it appeared week by week in ‘ All the Year Round ’ for 1860, was followed with the keenest excitement by tens of thousands of readers all over the world, and talked about as one never hears a serial talked about nowadays. Its success in honk form likewise proved phenomenal. Mr Collins followed this story up with ‘No Name’ in 18G2, ‘Armadale’ in 1860, and ‘The Moonstone’ in 1808. On these four books ids claim to fame as a really great writer of sensational fiction lies, and they alone out of his twenty odd novels will in all probability survive this generation. They arc all four masterpieces of con.-wuction, and contain, besides, characters as ougm- 1 and far more real than many of DickcnsY. > "’t Fosco and Captain Wragge, Miss Gu. r, Gabriel Botteredge, and Miss Clack are unfovgetablo (if I may coin a word) as Pickwick, Mr Micawber, and Little Dorrit One occasionally comes across a remarkable character in Wilkie Collins’s later books, but they are few and far between. Deterioration set in with ‘ Man and Wife,’ which is a capital novel, but not to be mentioned with such a work as ‘ Armadale.’

Tho Queen has, ’tis said, greatly embarrassed Lord Tennyson by requesting him to compose an epithalamium on Lord Fife’s marriage. If the laureate finds himself unable to “ enthuse ” sufficiently on the subject the job will probably be entrusted to Lewis Morris, who, it will be remembered, wrote the Jubilee ode, and who is generally spoken of as Tennyson’s successor. Tho sixpenny reissue of ‘ Motley’s Universal Library ’ commenced this week, ‘ Sheridan’s Plays ’ being the initial volume. Typo and paper are precisely the same as in the shilling issue; in fact, the sole difference between the dearer and the cheaper editions is that one is bound in cloth and the other in paper. Messrs Longman have paid Dr Nansen L 2,000 (not as stated by many L 2.500) for tho copyright in England of his forthcoming work on the ‘Exploration of Greenland.’ Tho hook is said to he absorbingly interesting by those who have seen the type-written MS.

In ‘ Blackwood ’ for August the ‘ Prison Visitor,’whose ‘Scenes from a Silent World’ in recent numbers have excited such deep interest, will give full particulars of a murder committed in sleep, for which the accused was condemned and executed. The occurrence was, it is said,‘of comparatively recent date, and the circumstances can be easily verified. Rider Haggard’s ‘ Cleopatra ’ has pretty well cooked hia reputation as a popular novelist. Not only is the narrative heavy and dull to a degree, hut the author’s history is incorrect, and hia knowledge of ancient Egyptian manners, customs, and religion ridiculously misleading. Miss Brad don’s later novels have many faults, hut dullness has not hitherto been one of them. Of ‘The Day Will Come’it is, however, only possible to say that it ia both dull and tiresome. The story wakes

ilp a bit when the young bridegroom, Sir Godfrey Carmichael, ia found murdered by hia adoring wife in the early days of their honeymoon. For a chapter or so there then seems to be the making of a very pretty mystery. Unfortunately Miss Braddon does not nowappear to possess either the constructive skill or the narrative power she showed in earlier books. Directly the gloomy lady lodge-keeper appears on the scene the merest tyro in fiction must scent the probable murderer; and how Lord Cheriton fails to do so (considering his very equivocal relations with the dame in the past) no sensible reader will, i am sure, ever understand. Miss Braddon’s curious fondness for describing furniture, bric-a-brac, and more especially eatables, seems to grow rather than decrease. In ‘ The Day Will Come ; none of her characters ever sit down to a j meal without its component parts being | elaborately described. Cheap reprints include Mrs Argless ‘Modern Circe’ and Wilkie Collins’s ‘Legacy of Cain ’ at 2s, and Ibsen’s ‘ Nora ’ (‘ The Doll’s House') at Is.

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