23 APRIL 1859, Page 20


The Inauguration of the Chamber.' Institution" in Peebles, is fixed for the first week in August, and the building is said to be one of the fined things of the kind in Scotland. It comprises a public assembly hall, %museum and gallery of art, together with a reading-room and a public library of 13, 000 volumes. The whole is the free-gift of Mr. William Chambers, and will cost 30,0001.

It is understood that the Prince Consort has consented to become patron of the Church of England Book Hawking Union, and has forwarded a do- nation of 251. to its funds. This Institution has geen established to aid the work of book-hawking throughout the country. Its depet, at 8, Paternoster Row,. is open to the inspection of all members of such district book-hawking associations as join the Union.

Two more volumes of the Indian Despatches of the Duke of Wellington, are announced for early publication by Mr. Murray. His abridgement of the Lite of George Stephenson is also nearly ready.

Among the novelties in preparation for the next publishing season, is a new serial work by Mr. Thackeray. It will form the most attractive feature in a monthly periodical to be published by Messrs. Smith, Elder, and Co.

A clerical correspondent of the Times having very confidently attributed the authorship of "Adam Bede" to the Reverend Mr. Liggin, of Nimeanor, the author—still writing under the nom de plume of George Eliot—has sharply contradicted the assumption.

Amongst forthcoming works is one entitled, "Deafness and Diseases of the Ears. The Fallacies of the treatment exposed, and Remedies suggested, from the Experience of half a century." The author will examine ana- tomically and physiologically, the various methods now adopted for the cure of disease of the auditory organs.

Many tokens appear of the new interest taken in all that relates to our Indian Empire. The latest is a decree of the University of Oxford to ap- point a teacher of Hindustani, to be elected for a term of five years on the 30th of June next. Candidates are required to send in their testimonials on or before June 18th.

M. Prondhon is about to publish (in Belgium) a pamphlet on the present state of affairs in Europe.

We observe a notable sign of progress in Egypt. On the 1st instant, there was to appear at Alexandria a French journal entitled, La Frew Egyptienne. This journal, which will combine polities, literature, and commerce, is under the direction and editorship of M. le Docteur Grovin.

M. Sainte-Beuve, author of the celebrated " Causeries du Lundi " is pre- paring for the press an " Etude Litteraire sur Chateaubriand," which is to appear in a week or two.

The Courrier de Paris is publishing at present "by permission of the author," one of Mr. Harrison Ainsworth's novels, under the title of " Le Gentillhomme des Grandes Routes." The translation, however, is not ad- mirable.

Among the Paris announcements of new books is one which deserves par- ticular attention, thehitherto unpublished Memoirs of the Duke de Luynes, giving curious details about the Court of Louis XV. Messrs. Firmin and Didot are to publish this work.

M. Stems' las Julien, the celebrated Chinese scholar, and Member of the French Institute; has published this week his long-expected collection of Indian tales, under the title of " Avadauas." The work is in three vo- lumes 16mo., and consists mostly of romances, pieces of poetry, and philo- sophical dissertations, all of which were translated from the Sanscrit into Chinese more than twelve hundred years ago. Some not unimportant elu- cidations of ancient Indian history are found among the contents.

The sixteenth volume of that most important historical work, known as, the "Journal de Dangeau," has just appeared at Paris, by Firmin Didot Freres. It will be the last but one volume of this great publication, on which the editors, Messrs. Soulie and Dussieux, have been engaged now for more than thirty-six years. The new volume contains many notes from the pen of M. de Saint-Simon ; notes in which he seems to have prepared himself for the writing of his own memoirs. This part of the diary of the Marquis of Dangeau offers, besides, a quite particular interest, as recount- ing in its details the last hours and death of Louis the Fourteenth, of which, strangely enough, hitherto no authentic record existed.

M. Victor Hugo's long-expected work, "La Legende des Siecles," is now finally announced to appear in the course of next month. It is stated that- the poet intends to leave Jersey for Lisbon. M. Charles Hugo fits is also publishing at present, in the feuilleton of La Freese, a novel, entitled " La Boheme Donee " ; a kind of French " Friends in Bohemia," which is very favourably received by the public.

" We believe," says the Pays, "that the Council of State will shortly in- troduce a bill on the subject of copyright, designed to place the legislation in harmony with the wants of an mternationality, and to establish the same on as complete a basis as possible. The bill is prepared in concert by the Ministers of State, of Public Instruction, and of the Interior.