[Tub following paragraphs are extracted from tho London society papers and other journals.] I see in one of tho papers tho announcement among the "births" of tho arrival of " a fine Jubilee son !" Eight hundred and seven paintings, were included iu the recent Exhibition of tho Society of Painters in Oil-Colours. Of these, a hundred and fifty-six were sold, and the aggregate sum realised was exactly £7,091. The Villa Edelweiss, which Mr Augustus Savile has placed at the Queen's disposal during her six days' stay (it Cannes, was occupied for two months last season by the Duke and Duchess of Wostminster. It is a comparatively new residence, and for some time enjoyed the distinction of being the highest villa in Cannes; but now thoro is another just ahovo it on the California-hill. Tho Prince of Wales was Mr Savile's guest hero when H.R.H. hurried to Cannes after the death of the Duke of Albany, and the Villa Nevada, where the Duke died, the ■ residence of Miss Peroival, is close at hand. Princess Louise and Lord Lome are to meet her Majesty at Cannes, and it is possible that, the Duke of Edinburgh may accompany them from Malta in his official yacht the Surprise. Mr Thomas Martineau, the Mayor of Birmingham (who will " rise Sir Thomas"), is a solicitor, and has filled hia present office for three successive years. He is a nephew of Harriet Marti- ;•; .neau. A rumour has been rife—though we hear it is unfounded in fact—that Dr. Parker, of the City Temple, has been invited to suceed Mr Ward Beecher in America. Dr. Parker would do well in New York. Sir Archibald Dunbar, of Duffus, has adopted quite a new practice in letting the vacant farms on his Morayshire estate. He has just re-let three of them to the late tenants at rents which are to be regulated by the county fair's prices for wheat and barley. Sir Charles Dilke has decided to sell Belmont Castle, the country place which he recently inherited from a relative. The cellars of Belmont contain upwards of six hundred dozens of fine old port, and all this wine is to be removed to London, and it will probably be sold in the course of the season. Lord Randolph is a mati of resource. Finding himself in Sicily, and being tolc that he would have to pass several days in quarantine before being allowed to land in Italy, he took a boat, and, avoiding Scylla and Charybdis, landed ou a rocky point, climbed the rocks, and thus evaded the quarantine. , A Civil List pension of £100 a year lias, we are glad to hear, been obtained for Mr Charles Kent, a veteran journalist, whose name will not be familiar to many of the present generation, but who, for apvvards of thirty-four years, did good service as editor of the Sun newspaper. The wedding took place on Tuesday (the 15th inst.) of Mr Thomas Bayler Potter, familiarly known as " Tom," the popular M.P. for Rochdale. The bride is a lady of Cornish extraction, Miss Dicks, of Bodrnin. The bridegroom is in his seventieth year, and has been a widower fourteen months. Mr St. John Ackers, late M.P. for West Gloucestershire, has let Priuknash Park, his beautiful historic seat near Stroud, to Mr Dyer Edwards, of Camberley, who takes the place for two years, with the option of purchasing the estate at tlje, end of that time. Mr Ackers has taken up his residence at Hartley Manor, a charming place on the other side of Gloucester, which he recently purchased. The National Conservative Club, as might be expected, has prospered exceediugly since the inaugural dinner. The Building and Finance Committee has before it specific offers of her Majesty's Theatre and Waterloo-house as new sites, and it has also, as an alternative, the option acquiring three houses adjoining in Pall Mall. The woods and forests, however, insist on preserving the "architectural uniformity " of Waterlooplace, and this is a very serious difficulty. It is said that Belgium intends underselling us in our own coal markets—in fact, coals are being sent to Newcastle, so far as the trite expression on or figure of speech is concerned. America also intends to compete with us in our coal markets. When our coal fields, as well as our corn-fields cease to be lucrative to the capitalist and the labourer, capital and labour may then see the necessity of demanding a modification of our fiscal laws, or fair trade " all round the board." Princess Christian, who started on Thursday for Berlin, sent the revised proofs of her new edition of the very entertaining " Memoirs" of Wilhelmina, Margravine of Bayreuth, the favourite sister of Frederick the Great, to her publishers before she left Windsor, and I understand that the work will appear during the week after Easter. I hear that the Princess has obtained some new and interesting matter respecting the famous . Wiihelmina from the private archives of Potsdam. I am informed that the Barnes Memorial Committee have decided to recommend the erection of a life-size bronze statue of the Dorset poet in a prominent place in the centre of the county town. It is proposed that Mr Barnes be represented standing , , and in his familiar oldworld clerical garb ; and a suggestion has been made that those with whom the decision rests would do well te adopt the characteristic attitude of the poet so admirably depicted by Mr Thomas Hardy in his "In memoriam" article in the Athenreum. The president of the Royal Academy, who has been consulted in the matter, has advised that Mr Roscoe Muliins be commissioned to execute the work. We should like to direct Mr Balfour's attention to a matter of deportment. Wβ should like to put it to him, with all deference and duo humility, whether he thinks it enchances his dignity as a high Minister of the Crown to 101 l on the flat of his back on the Treasury bench, with his long legs ludiorounly propped against the Parliamentary table? Such nn attitude is certainly not graceful; we find it hard to believe that it can be comfortable ; and its persistent adoption takes away from the air of seriousness which now or never Mr Bnlfour should think it fit to adopt. We trust Mr Balfour will take, and take with, thankfulness, this kindly hint from us. At the recent sergeants' dance—or "hop," as it is more officially called—of a regiment of which tho Prince of Wales is a colonel, it was noticed that the Prince, with his usual and wise and justifiable discrimination, selected as his partners only the good-looking among the women-, kind. During the progress of a quadrille in which the Prince danced, a rather plain-looking lady remarked pretty loudly that she " would give her head and ears " —as if she could give the one without the other—" to bo his partner." The Prince, overhearing this, was immediately introduced, and—with that > affability for which he is notorious—danced with Cinderella. I hear that tho Dowager L'idy I'Mca-loig-h is to reside at Pynes, as tho official duties of the present oarl keep him in London during the greater part of each year. Lady Iddesleigh gets a legacy of £500 under her husband's will, and the leasehold house iu St, James's place, with ita contents. She was amply provided for by her marriage settlement, of which Lord Coleridge and Lord Hobhouse are the trustees. Each of the younger children receives a provision under the settlement, which will bo considerably incre.ised on tho doath of their mother. The present, Lord Iddesleigh gots the wholo of the settled estatos, and everything at PynoHj.as well as the residue of the personal- property, whieh will be about £12,000.
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