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and Miss Fanny Stirling, who is the daughter of the Olympic actress, created a very favourable impression upon the audience. She has a charming face—the copy of her mother's—an agreeable voice, a pleasing manner, end much of that archness and vivacity by which our gifted comedienne haa so long been distinguished. Nothing could nave been more favourable than her debut, and should she adopt the stage as a profession, we may fairly hope to rank her as one of its fairest and most talented representatives.
Scarborough.—The Spa Concert of Tuesday evening attracted a brilliant audience. Among the instrumental gems were Weber's overture to Der Freyschutz, Mozart's to Figaro, and a selection from the Zauberflote; these were tastefully performed by the band,—the solos being given with a finish that proved the ability of the individual members. The vocalists were Miss Susanna Cole and Mr. Paul Standish. Mr. Paul Standish, in a song by Hatton, "Come, live with me and be my love," and another by the same composer, "Sweet love, good night to thee," called forth the warmest plaudits of the audience, who re-demanded the latter. Miss Cole appeared to captivate her hearers in every song. Rossini's " Di Piacer mi balza il cor" was' perfect. In the duet "Mira la bianca Luna," with Mr. Standish, the vocalists appeared to emulate each other. Mr. Ilatton, of the Spa establishment, presided at the pianoforte.
Lola Montez.—The New York Tribune, of the 6th inst., says:—" Late on Tuesday evening we were surprised to learn that the celebrated Mad. Lola Montez, Countess of Landsfelt, lay at the point of death, and was not expected to survive the night. On Saturday morning she arose in her usual health, but soon complained of giddiness, and, lying down, was at once deprived of speech and motion by a paralytic stroke. Sunday and Monday she was able to partially recognise those about her, but on Tuesday seemed to have lost all consciousness, and was pronounced by her medical attendants as beyond all hope of life. For some time past ohe has resided at No. 15 Clinton-place, and during her sickness has been faithfully eared fur by several of her intimate friends."
The Late Robert Brough.—The efforts in London to raise a fund for the benefit of the widow and family of the late Mr. R. Brough are about to be seconded in Manchester by a number of gentlemen whose intention is to give an amateur performance at as early a date as will permit the necessary arrangements being concluded. The Manchester Examiner says that great energy is being exercised in the good cause, and that an influential number of patrons are promising every possible assistance.
The Copyright Of " Paradise Lost."— As Lord Camden cites the example of Milton, to show that he placed no value upon the right of property in his great poem, it may be well to repeat the authentic facts concerning the sale of that copyright. Milton sold his copyright to Samuel Simmons in 1667, for an immediate payment of £5. But the agreement entitled him to a conditional payment of £5 mora when 1300 copies should be sold of the first edition; of the like sum after the same number of the second edition ; and of another £5 after the same sale of the third edition. The number of each edition was not to exceed 1500 copies. In two years, the sale gave the poet a right to his second paymeut, for which he signed a receipt on the 26th of April, 1669. The second edition was not printed till 1674, and Milton did not live to receive the payment stipulated for this impression. The third edition was published in 1678; and his widow, to whom the copy was then to devolve, agreed with Simmons, the printer, to receive £6 for her right, according to her receipt, dated December 21,1680 ; and she gave him a general release, dated April 29, 1681. Simmons sold the right to Braboson Aylmer, a bookseller, for £25, and Aylmcr sold it to Jacob Tonson, one moiety in August 1683, and the other moiety in March 1690, at a price considerably advanced. (Todd's Life of Milton, 193-195, London, 1826 ) It thus appears that the poet was very careful to assert his full right of property, as he and others understood it at the time, and to make it available to his family. The amount which he chose to receive, compared with the real value of the poem, or measured
by a modern standard, seems very trifling. But as such rights were estimated then, and considering that the poem gained slowly upon the attention of his own age, it was not a grossly inadequate price. When it had been published fourteen years and upwards, the copyright, between one bookseller and another, brought only £25. Yet its value could not have been affected by any apprehension, at the time of this sale, that it was not protected by the common law. Such notion had not then arisen ; and long after, viz. in 1739, Lord Hardwicke protected by injunction the title of Tonson, derived under the assignment made by the poet in 1667. Doubtless Milton did not write his great poem for money; but we have seen that he supposed the right of exclusive property in authors was acknowledged by the law of his country, and he took pains practically to assert the right in his own case. It seems by no means a wild conjecture that he did this for the sake of example, as well as in order to preserve his reputation, by keeping the control of the text of his poem.—Curtis on Literary Property.
Zikoarelli enjoyed a very respectable position ; be had an amiable family; his wife manifested towards him not only a sincere attachment, but also a kind of respect. Yet never were there two persons more dissimilar in disposition : he was quick and passionate ; she cold and impassible. But, above all, she possessed a defect which increased Zingarelli's hastiness; she was excessively economical, while her husband liked not merely to make a display of what he had, but even to indulge in pieces of extravagance, without troubling himself mnch whether he could afford them. One evening he was playing with a friend at picquet, a game at which he was a great proficient. "The snuffers," he said, addressing his wife. She gave them to him j they
wero a common pair. "Not those," he added. "But, my dear .
"The snuffers, I repeat, and the good ones." "Well, at any rate, let us snuff the candles now with these." "No, I will have the good ones." "But they will be spoilt: they arc of polished steel and inlaid." "Gabriel," said Zingarelli, addressing his old servant, "go to Brcssier's and get me a dozen pairs of snuffers." "A dozen, sir?"
"A dozen!" "But, my dear ." "Of the best quality."
"But ." "Inlaid!" "Good gracious!" "English manufacture." The poor woman was silent. Had she ventured to make another observation, Gabriel would have been ordered to fetch two dozen pairs.
Principal, Composer, and Conductor Dr. Mask.
Medical Adviser Charles Clay, M.D.
The Rev. J. B. Wilkinson, of St. John's Church,
. , „ , _., , „ i Mr. Powell, assisted
Master of the General Educational Department | by Junior Masters.!
Organist' ■ Mr. Wriole*. |
_, , . (Mr. Wrigley.
Pianoforte j Mr. Elder.
,„ „ C Mons. Roguier.
violin (Mr. Beard.
_ _ . „. , CMons. VlEUXTEMPS.
Violoncello, Double Bass, and Viola J Mr DoNOTA(1.
Flute - Mons. De Jong.
Clarionet, Oboe, and Piccolo Mr. Dowlino.
Cornet and other Brass Instruments Mr. Russell.
Concertina (German and English) Mr. Elder.
, „, f Messrs. Powell and
Vocal Classes J Eldu.
Military Drill and Calisthenics Sergt. Farrell.
Librarian Mr. D. Elder.
Secretary to the College Mr. Squire.
Dr. MARK Is open to Engagements either for his first or second Orchestra. THE FIRST ORCHESTRA, Consisting of 30, 40, or 50 Performers, and conducted by Dr. Mark, is composed of the Advanced Pupils of the Royal College of Music, and some of the " Little Men," who perform Sacred, Classical, Operatic, and Popular Music. Also a Vocalist, Solo Harpist, Solo Pianist, and Organist.
THE SECOND ORCHESTRA, Conducted by Mr. Wrigley, consists of 30 Performers, and is composed'of the " Little Men," who play Operatic and Popular Music, and sing favourite Airs'and Choruses. Also a Vocalist, and Solo Instrumentalists.
Dr. Mark begs to Inform young ladies and gentlemen who are preraring for the profession that he affords opportunities of Introducing them to the public by performing at his concert?.
Orphans of the musical profession, and poor children possessing musical talent, are admitted free, and receive it general and musical education, together with board and lodging, until the age of fourteen years, when they are either apprenticed to a trade or tralneil for the profession.
Little Boys, from five to nine years of age, apprenticed for three, five, or seven years by paying a moderate entrance fee to cover the expenses of instrument and books.
For Prospectuses, apply direct to the Royal College of Music, Manchester. Visitors are admitted from Nine to Eleven, a.m., and Two to Four, p.m. every day, Saturdays and Sundays excepted.
TO ORGANISTS, &c —To be Sold a bargain, in perfeet condition, half-bound, the following FULL SCORES, the property of an eminent Professor : — Haydn's Masses, 1 to (i Score (Breilkopf) ; ditto diito 8 10 12 4, and 13 ditto MS.; ditlo ditto, 7 MS. and 12 Single Parts ; ditto ditto 15 MS and' 21 ditto ditto ; ditto ditto, 9 MS. and 23 ditto ditto. Mozart's 2 Kyries Score MS and 4 Single Parts; ditto Vespers. Laudate and Magnificat; ditto Mass. selected bv Zulehmer. MS. ; ditto ditto, No. 6, MS.; ditlo ditto, No. 11, MS.—For particulars apply to Boosey and Sons, 28 Holies Street, W.'
'Sir. Richards did honour to his fatherland by Introducing a new song, ' The Harp of Wales,' which is sure to become a favourite of the CymrT, who are justly proud of their bards. So admirably was this sung by Mr. Sims Reeves, that an encore was in. evitable, and the ballad was as warmly applauded the second tlmo as the first."— Musical World.
London: Duncan Davison & Co., Depot Gfi.eral de la Maison Brandus, de Paris; 244 Regent Street, corner of Little Argyll Street, where may be obtained—
"THE SULIOTE WAR SONG," sung by Mr. Santley, price 3s.
"THE BLIND MAN & SUMMER," sung by Miss Palmer, price 2s. 6d.
"ETHEL," Romance for the Pianoforte, price 2s.
"LEOPOLD," Maiurka Favourite, price 2s.
Composed by Brinley Richards.!
MR. SIMS REEVES' NEW SONG.
THE BRITISH VOLUNTEER.
Written by John Oxenfobtj, Esq., composed by G. Alary, and sung with great success by
MR. SIMS REEVES.
Just published, price Three Shillings, with a Portrait of Mr. Reeves in his uniform as a Member of the Artists' Rifle Corps.
BOOSEY and SONS, 28 Holies Street.
Just published, price 4«.
EAMSGATE SANDS QUADRILLE.—A Comic and Characteristic Set on Popular Airs. By Burckhardt. Illustrated In colours by Urandard.
No. I. The Excursion Boat.
No. 2. The Promenade.
No. 3. The Baiaar.
No. 4. The Ride.
No. 5. Ramsgate Sands.
Boosey & Sons, Holies Street."
NEW SONGS by J. W. DAVISON, «Rough wind that moanest loud" (sung by Mr. Santley at the Monday Populiir Concerts); "Swifter far than Summer's (light, (sung by Miss Palmer at the Monday Popular Concerts) * "False friend, wilt thou smile or weep," Beatrice's song in the Cenci (sung by Madame Sainton-Dolby, at the Monday Popular Concerts, St. James's Hall); are published by Cramer, Beale, and Co., 201 Regent Street. The above Songs form Nos. 1, 2, and 3 of Vocal Illustrations of Shelley. "Mr. Santley was encored in one of the thoroughly picturesque and poetical settings of Shelley, by Mr. J. W. Davison, mentioned a week or two since. His song, * Rough wind that moanest loud,* is a thoroughly good song."—Athenaum.
»■ Madame Saintm-Dolhy's greatest efforts were called forth by Mendelssohn's * Night' son*, and Mr. J. W. Davison's * False frlcnd,^wilt thou smile or weep* (from Shelley's 'Cenci'), to both of which shedid.the amplest justice. The'Utter work is one of the most poetical and beautiful of the *,Vocal Illustrations of Shelley,' composed by Mr. Davison many years ago, and which, though rarely heard, possess far more sterling merit than nine-tenths of the most admired songs of the day. A more Intel* lrctual treatment of the words could not welt be imagined. Mr. Davison has completely caught the spirit of the poetry, and heightened its beauty by the potent charms which belong onlv to the si Her'art. 'False friend, wilt thou smile or weep,' sung to perfection by Madame Sainton-Dolby, was enthusiastically applauded.**
Morning Post, April 26, 1860. Cramer, Beale, and Chappcll, 201 Regent Street.
Printed by Gbohox Ajtoeew Spottiswoodi, of No. 10 Little New Street, in the Parish of St. Bride, in the City of London, at No. 5 New-itreet Square, in the said Parish. Published by Joujt Boosur, ut the Office of Bookt *.so», £8 Holies Street— Saturday, July 28, I860. .
OF AM APPEARS MOST EMINENT IN MUSIC, SINCE IT REQUIRES NO MATERIAL, NO SUBJECT-MATTER, WHOSE EFFECT DEDUCTED: IT IS WHOLLY FORM AND POWER, AND IT RAISES AND ENNOBLES WHATEVER IT EXPRESSES" Gothe
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SIMS REEVES'S LAST NIGHT
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(His only appearance this Season),
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Pianoforte, M. EMILE BERGER.
The Surrey Gardens Choral Society of 200 Voices.
Conductors —M. EMILE BERGER and Dr. JAMES PECHS.
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MR. C. R. WESSEL,
IN retiring from business, begs to express his sincere thanks to the Musical Profession and Trade for the support so liberally accorded to the establishment carried on under the title of Wessel and Co., and hopes the same favour may be extended to his successors, Messrs. Asbdown and Parry, who, during upwards of twenty years have taken an active part In the management of his business.
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CHORISTERS.—Wanted, two Choir Boys, for a Chapel in the Country, where there is daily Choral Service. For the annual payment of £15 each, they will receive a good English and commercial education, ana will be boarded and lodged in the house of the Organist, from whom they will receive lessons on the Pianoforte, with daily instructions in Singing and Theory of Music. Applicants must possess fair voices, and a musical taste and ear. Apply to Mr. Croasley, Arley Green, Northwich.
YORK CATHEDRAL.—Wanted immediately, for this Choir, a BASS (not Baritone) VOICE. The duties are attendance at Divine Service twice daily, and at Choir-practice whenever required by the Organist. The salary Is 50 guineas a year, with a gradual advance to £70, in case of approval.—Applications, stating age of the Candidate, and enclosing testimonials as to his character and musical efficiency, to be addressed to Dr. Monk, Minster-yard, York.
rpo ORGANISTS.—Wanted, for the Parish Church of
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WANTED, for Edinburgh, a Youth, age from 14 to 18, a good VIOLINIST, and If PIANIST also would be an advantageAddress, stating terms, to Mons. Brouneau, Professor of Dancing, Gl Queen Street, Edinburgh.
CHURCH ORGANS Fohstek and Andbews, Organ Builders, Hull, have a number of SECOND-HAND ORGANS for sale, which they have taken in exchange, built by Bevington, the late J. C. Bishop, Lincoln, Parsons, Bryceson, Holdich, &c—For price and particulars, apply to Forster and Andrews, Organ Builders, Hull.
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NEW SONGS by J. W. DAVISON, "Rough wind that moanest loud" (sung by Mr. Snntley at the Monday Popular Concerts); *f Swifter far than Summer's flight," (sung by Miss Palmer at the Monday Popular Concerts): "False friend, wilt thou smile or weep," Beatrice's song in the Cenct (sung by Madame Sainton-Dolby, at the Monday Popular Concerts, St, James's Hall); are published by Cramer, Beale, and Co., 201 Regent Street.
The above Songs form No*. 1, 2, and 3 of Vocal Illustrations or Shelley. "Mr. Santley was encored in one of the thoroughly picturesque and poetical settings or Shelley, by Mr. J. W. Davison, mentioned a week or two since. His song,' Rough wind that moanest loud,' is a thoroughly good song,"— Athcnteum.
*• Madame Sainton-Dolbv's greatust efforts were called forth by Mendelssohn's * Night' song, and Mr. J. W. Davison's ' False friend.'wilt thou smile or w**ep (from Shelley's 'Cenci'), to both of which the did the amplest justice. The latter work is one of th« most poetical and beautiful of the 4 Vocal Illustrations of Shelley,' composed by Mr. Davison many years ago, and which, though rarely heard, possess far more sterling merit than nine-tenths of the must admired songs of the day. A more intellectual trt-atment of the words could not well be imagined. Mr. Davison has completely anight the spirit of the pot-try, and heightened its beauty by the potent ch ;rins which belong onlr to the sister art. 'False friend, wilt thou -mile or weep,' sung to perfection by Madame Sainton-Dolby, was enthusiastically applauded."
Morning Pott, April 26, 1860. Cramer, Beale, and Chappell, 201 Regent Street
MR. SIMS REEVES' NEW SONG.
THB 8JUT.SH mtl'TEER.
Written by John Oxenford, Esq., composed by ,G. Alart, and »ung with great success by
MR. SIMS REEVES.
Just published, price Three Shillings, with a Portrait of Mr. Ricvu in hli uniform as
a Member of the Artists' Rifle Corps.
BOOSEY and SONS, 28 Holies Street,
"THE HARP OF WALES."
Sung by Mr. SIMS BEEVES,
COMPOSED BY BRINLEY RICHARDS.
"Price 2s. 6J.
"■ The Harp of Wales' (sung for the first time) Is a very graceful song, admirably adapted for Mr. Sims Reeves, aud sung by the distinguished tenor with a refinement of expression which produced a magical effect on the audience, and raised demands for repetition which were not to be denied."—Daily Telegraph,
** • The Harp of Wales/ beautifully sung by Mr. Sims Reeves, wai unanimously redemanded."—Morning Post.
The other was new and sung for the first time by Mr. Sims Reeves. It is called the * Harp of Wales.' and is a lovely and expressive melody. It was enthusiastically encored."—Daily News.
"Mr. Richards did honour to his fatherland by introducing a new song, * The Harp of Wales/ which is sure to become a favourite of the Cymn, who are justly proud of their bards. So admirably was this sung by Mr Sims Reeves, that an encore was Inevitable, and the ballad was as warmly applauded the second time as the first.*'— Musical World.
London: Ddncan Davison St Co., D6p6t General de la Ma-son Brandus, de Paris; 244 Regent Street, corner of Little Argyll Street, where may be obtained—
THE SULIO rE WAR SONG," sung by Mr. Santley, price 3s. "THE BLIND MAN A SUMMER," sung by Miss Palmer, price 2s. Gd. 11 ETHEL," Romance for the Pianoforte, price 2s. "LEOPOLD," Mazurka Favourite, price 2s.
Composed by Brinley Richards.
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MUSIC AND THEATRES IN PARIS. |
(From our own Correspondent).
Aug. 1, 1860.
I Am this week almost in the some predicament again which obliged me in my last letter to entertain you de coquis et bobus rather than of actors and musicians. Paris has fallen into a sort of dreamy lethargic state, from which it will only rouse itself to rush oil' to the sea-side or the German health springs. At the Grand Opera, the run of Semiramis continues, if such an expression can be applied to the progression of the stately queen of the East. The sisters Marchisio have gained more self-possession in their respective parts, and advance in public estimation. The famous duo between Arsace and Semiramis is nightly called for a second time. Pierre de Medici.*, Prince Poniatowski's opera, has been played once, and Robert le Diuble is to be produced forthwith, with Mile. Vandenheuvel Duprez, and Mile. Marie Sax. Roger was induced to sing once more at the Opera Comique before his departure for Baden, and appeared in the part of Georges in La Dame Blanche before a densely crowded audience, who greeted him with every mark of enthusiastic admiration. It was, indeed, an adroit stroke of policy on the part of M. Beaumont, the new manager, to bring Roger back to the scene of his first blushing honours, and thus to revive those laurels which, in the arduous trials of the Grand Opera, had somewhat faded. Le petit Chaperon Rouge, so long announeed, will decidedly be revived this week, and immediately upon it will follow M. d'llauteroche's comedy, Crispin Medecin, the production of which has suffered some delay, owing to objections raised to it on the part of the authorities. They have at last consented to let it be acted, but stipulate for a different title. This is a concession, no doubt, to the susceptibilities of the medical profession, who are in this country a very thin-skinned class, and mighty sticklers for the dignity of their cloth. The race of Diiifoirus, though it has discarded powdered periwig and gold-headed cane, is as flourishing as when Moiiere scarified its bombastic pedantry with the sharp edge of his satire; but public authority now intervenes to save the dignity of science from such unseemly assaults.
Gossip is already busy with the future season at the Italian Opera here. It seems a settled thing that if Tamberlik do not return, Mario is engaged for the last six months of the season, and Signor Pancani for March and April. Graziani, Gardoni, Badiali, Zucchini, Angclini, and Mesdames Alboni, Penco, and Marie Battu are coming again, so that a sufficiently complete company will to a certainty be available. The season it is said will open with La Sonnambula; and La Semiramide will be given with Mesdames Alboni and Penco, and Badiali, so that the Parisians will have an opportunity of exercising their critical acumen by a comparison of the Italian performance with that now forming the principal attraction of their own Grand Opera. Such operas as // Matrimonio Segreto and L'ltaliana in Algeri, which are not sufficiently long to furnish forth the entire evening, will be backed up by operas in one act selected from the old Italian ripertoire.
The Orphean Society of the city of Paris held one of two grand meetings last Sunday at the Cirque Napoleon, under the direction of Mil. Francois Bazin and Pasdeloup, directors of vocal instruction in the communal schools. The programme may interest some of your readers after the recent visit to England of the Orpheonists. Here it is : — Part I.: 1° Veni Creator, by Besozzi; 2° Le Midecin Taut mieux et le Midecin Taut pit, by P. Bazin; 3° Angelus, by Papin; 4° La Oarde Passe (men's voioes), by Gretry; 5° O Salutaris, by Auber; 6° Le Couvre-feu, by Halevy. Part II.: 1° Invocation, by Pasdeloup; 2° Le Printemps (men's voices), by Von Calle; 3° Let Vendanges, by Orlando do Lassus; 4° Faust (men's voiees), by Gounod; 5° Cantique, by Haydn; Vive rEmpereur, by Gounod. The second meeting will be nest Sunday. Last week the Concert Musard distinguished itself by the performance of Spontlni's overture to Olympia i and as few opportunities of hearing this work have ever presented themselves to the Parisians, great curiosity was excited on the occasion. Mad. Spontini is said to have furnished directions :is to the true mode or rendering the work; and certainly it was very eflectively executed.
The distribution of prizes at the Conservatoire for Music and
Declamation has just taken place, but in neither department do the competitions appear to have brought to light talent of more than ordinary promise. It is worth while noticing, perhaps, that among the competitors for the violin and violoncello prizes, figured four young ladies, three violinists and one violoncellist. Lady-fiddlers we are tolerably well accustomed to, but the attitude of a lady grasping with all her limbs a violoncello is one to the grotesqueness of which usage has not yet reconciled us. In time, no doubt, we shall think nothing of it. The cry after more female occupations, which is so fast breaking down the foolish distinctions between sauce for the goose and sauce for the gander, and has already given us a female goose practising physic, is destined, no doubt, to wear out our faculty of astonishment at such novelties. Female lawyers, soldiers, and sailors will be plentiful as blackberries j and the stories of Portia, and Joan of Arc, and the touching ballad of " Billy Taylor " will lose their savour. Apropos of this subject, as connected with the question of delicacy touching the fair sex generally, I am informed of a curious result which has followed the promulgation of the new constitution by the King of Naples. Besides restoring to the repertory of the Opera a number of works previously interdicted by the censorship of the former regime on grounds now of morality, now of state policy, it has emancipated the corps de ballet from the celebrated green ealecotis (drawers) to which the prurient-minded zeal for decency of the priests had condemned them, much to their chagrin and annoyance. They now nightly appear in the zephyr-like pink ana white in which we are accustomed to admire in perfect innocence their evolutions, unreminded by a green signal that there is any danger in the spectacle, and the audience testify by their enthusiastic applause their sense of relief at the removal of this disgusting badgo of servitude to minds darkened with suspicion and haunted by hideous phantoms of human depravity and carnal gin. While I am at Naples I may as well inform you that the tenor, Signor Pancani, is engaged for the ensuing season, together with Negrini and Colletti, Signora StefFenone, Signora Vera-Lorini, and the danseuse. Mile. Boschetti.
Returning to the Paris news, I shall concludo all I have to communicate by saying a few words about the theatres. Not that there is anything remarkable to dwell upon in their doings, for all are pretty much in the same languishing condition as characterises musical affairs. The fact is the extraordinary caprices of the weather have entirely thrown out the calculations of the manager. Instead of being divided into four even suits, like a pack of oarda fresh from the maker, spring, summer, autumn, and winter, succeeding each other, as do hearts, spades, clubs, and diamonds, the days of the year have got so intimately shuffled up, that any trade or profession depending on the weather has beoome as hazardous as a game of rouge et voir. The consequence is, that believing July would turn up a suecession of hot days, which would mightily thin theatrical audiences, managers have made no provision for the unusual popularity with which they are favoured by the inclemency of the season. Not having any novelty in readiness, they have had recourse to revivals, and these are now as much the order of the day in the theatrical world as they were lately in its opposite pole, the religious hemisphere. At the Gymnasc we have had Let Faux Bonshoinmes; at the Vandeville, La Vie de Bohenie, and later still La Tentvtion, produced for the return of Brindeau, whom you had an opportunity of seeing in this very piece in your French Plays. At the Porte St. Martin, a drama of Frederic Soulie's, Lei Etudianti, produced at the Ainbigu sixteen years ago, has been revived with very fair success, but generally speaking the very modem pieces will not bear the process of disinterment, for the lack of that deeper inspiration and more conscientious workmanship to embalm them, which the present writers neglect for ephemeral skotches of the momentary phases of an ever-changing social surface. At the Palais Royal, a veritable novelty has been produced under the title of Let Memoiret de M'mi Bainboche, which, being nn allusion to a certain disreputable personage, who, under the name of Rigolboche, has drawn attention to her choreographic powers, first at the public balls, and afterwards on the stage, has proved more attractive than the intrinsic merits of the piece deserve. There is nothing more offensive in the state of