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'Memoirs of In the review of ' Memoirs of Major-General HavelocVby Sir Henry Havelock,' by John Clark Marshman, MarAman on the 2Ist of April, reference is made to the mutual esteem and unbroken friendship between Outram and Havelock: "The expression of that friendship ceased only when, as Sir James came to visit his dying comrade, the last farewell was said, and Havelock with his last words exclaimed, 'I have for forty years so ruled my life that when death came I might face it without fear.'"

Death of The death of Lady Byron is announced on I-ady Byron.

the 19th of May: "Ada and her mother, as well as the great poet, are now all 'gone the way of the roses,' leaving behind them, to be told and re-told for ever, one of the most gloomy and brilliant tales ever written in the life of a man of genius."

The light-hearted and thoroughly warmAlbert Smith, hearted Albert Smith died, after a short illness, on Wednesday, the 23rd of May, within twenty - four hours of completing his forty-fourth year. On the previous Friday he had walked from his residence at Fulham into town, and on the Saturday he appeared at the Egyptian Hall as usual in his entertainment, •MontBlanc.''Mont Blanc.' This entertainment was first produced on the 15th of March, 1852, and for six years he continued the performance of- this "novelty," which seemed as novel in 1858 as in 1852. The Athenaum on May 26th, in the obituary notice of him, states that Albert Smith's "visit to China, however, successful though it was, must be described as only an interlude. The Chinese entertainment was withdrawn a few weeks since to make way for the old, everfresh, ever-fascinating 'Mont Blanc."' "His claims as a versatile, agreeable, and imaginative His writings. writer were far from inconsiderable, and some of his novels will not soon pass out of circulation. At the same time it must be allowed that his great popularity was achieved on the summits of Mont Blanc, where he dug up a treasure of fun from under the snow. He was liked because, in an original style, and with exhaustless vivacity, he sang and chatted of the mountains, of the people on the mountains, of the people not on the mountains, of the way from the mountains to China. His works were well received, but his entertainments were the rage; and it is satisfactory to know that they enabled him to

amass a competent fortune Though he lived

by his talents (at the outset precariously), he was never to be heard of as in debt or under obligation; and from the time when he began to gather his harvest, his liberality was as great as his prudence had been wise. Among his own people, he was invaluable,—good, in every sense of the word, and without parade or His unselfish pretence,—affectionate, enduring, unselfish. Such disposition. a man is a lOSs, especiaHy when he dies in the

prime of life and plenitude of energy."*

The following announcements on the 16th of June show the progress of the circulating library system:—

1 Mudie's "Mr. Mudie is about to start a branch of his Library and

its branches, great circulating library in Birmingham, for the supply of readers in that town, and the Midland Counties, on the plan which has proved so successful at Manchester, Glasgow, and Liverpool. These local libraries are really splendid things. The new warehouses, in New Oxford Street, which are now nearly finished, will, we are told, contain 500,000 volumes, in addition to the present stock."f

* Mr. Edmund Yates, in his 'Recollections and Experiences,' makes frequent reference to his friend Albert Smith.

t Charles Edward Mudie was born in the year 1818, in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, where his father kept a little newspaper shop, and where works of fiction were lent out at a charge of a penny the volume. In the year 1840 Mr. Mudie started in business in Upper King Street, Bloomsbury, and in 1842 commenced his system of lending one exchangeable volume to subscribers at the rate of a guinea a year. In 1852 he moved to Oxford Street, taking in the first instance one house, at the corner of Museum Street. Gradually, as the business grew, he took additional houses, first in Museum Street and afterwards in Oxford Street, and

"Messrs. W. H. Smith & Son, taking advan- Smith & Son tage of the convenience offered by their railway subscription book-stalls, are about to open a Subscription library. Library on a large scale, something like that of Mr. Mudie. The book-stalls will, in fact, become local libraries, small but select, with the immense advantage of hourly communication by train with a vast central library in London."

George Payne Rainsford James, the novelist, G. P. R. died at Venice, where he was British Consul, on Jamesthe 9th of June, at the age of fifty-nine. The Athenceum on the 23rd, in its obituary notice, says: "When it is recollected that it is some ten years since Mr. James ceased his course of literary production,—when it is recorded that there are upwards of a hundred (if not more) of novels and romances bearing his name, we feel as if he had died young, considering the vast

opened the new hall on the 17th of December, i860. In 1864 the business was converted into a limited company, with a capital of 100,000/. Of this Mr. Mudie retained 50,000/., and the remainder was subscribed by Mr. Bentley, Mr. John Murray, Mr. Miles, and other publishers, Mr. Mudie being appointed manager at a salary of 1,000/. a year. The library since its commencement has issued to its subscribers not fewer than five millions of volumes, more than two-thirds of which have been books of travel, adventure, biography, and history, and scientific works.

amount of labour crowded within the compass of his life."

The British The following in reference to the British Museum appears on July 14th: "From 1753, the year of its foundation, to the 31st of March of the present year, the total expense of the British Museum to the nation has been 1,382,733/. 13J. 4//.,—no great sum for the inestimable benefit obtained by its outlay, and a considerably less one than would be required to keep a line-of-battle ship afloat for half the period. Mr. Panizzi states that there is room in the building, as it stands at present, for 800,000 additional volumes, and for a million altogether: — at the present rate of increase, space enough to accommodate the receipts of fifty years to come."

It is mentioned on September 15th that "Mr. John Tidd Pratt, in his evidence, recently Sir John given as one of the trustees of Sir John Soane's Museum. Museum, before the South Kensington Museum Committee, stated that there were four trustees for life, and five additional trustees appointed by different bodies. That Sir John Soane left 30,000/. 3 per cents., and a house in Lincoln's Inn Fields, to support the Museum."

On the morning of the 8th of September Mr. Herbert Herbert Ingram, the founder and proprietor of Ingram. ^e Illustrated London News, together with his

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