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It is expected that Queen Victoria will this year again visit Germany, probably about Easter.  It is understood that Her Majesty particularly wishes to visit Baden and Gotha.
        The World states that the Prince of Wales has resolved to visit Australia and New Zealand, and that the Premier approves of the contemplated voyage.
        His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales honoured Mr. Christopher SYKES, M.P., with his company at dinner on Saturday evening at his residence in Seamore Place.  Among those who had the honour of meeting His Royal Highness were H.S.H. Prince Edward of Saxe-Weimar, H.S.H. the Duke of Teck, the Duke of St. Albans, the Earl of Rosebery, the Earl of Beaconsfield, Viscount NEWPORT, Lord CARINTON, the Earl of Dudley, &c.
        The Duke of Connaught has visited Sir George COLTHURST at Blarney, and ascended the Castle to kiss the famous Blarney Stone.
        The London correspondent of the Scotsman says it is rumoured Mr. Cavendish BENTINCK is to be raised to the House of Peers.
        A London correspondent, describing the opening of Parliament, says -- "On the back Episcopal benches, the faces which stand out and challenge the inquiry of strangers are those of the combative Bishop of Peterborough and the eager smiling features of the Bishop of Carlisle, to whom everything appears new and of absorbing interest."
The death is announced of Mr. William COULTHURST, the senior partner in the Banking House of Messrs COUTTS and Co., Strand.  He died after a few days' sudden and severe illness from bronchitis.  Mr. COULTHURST was in his 85th year.
         The death is announced of William FORDIE, Professor of Anatomy in the Glasgow Veterinary College.
         The infant daughter of the Marquis and Marchioness of Headfort was baptised on Saturday at Westminster Abbey.  The sponsors were the Countess of Bradford, Lady Adelaide TAYLOUR, and Colonel TAYLOUR, M.P., and the infant was baptised by the Rev Lord John THYONE, sub-dean of Westminster, the names given by its parents being Beatrix TAYLOUR.
         The Rev Sir Henry William BAKER, Bart., vicar of All Saints, Monkland, Herefordshire, and one of the promoters of "Hymns Ancient and Modern," died on Monday morning at his residence, Horkesley House, Leominster.  Sir Henry was a High Churchman.
         Sir John HARINGTON, 10th Baronet, has died in Paris.  He was formerly in the Coldstream Guards, and is succeeded by the Rev Dr. HARINGTON, Principal of Brasenose College, Oxford.
Lady Laura Octavia DUNDAS, sister of the Earl of Zetland, has been married at Nice to Lord de Freyne.
        By the death of Dr. Robert LEE, of London, there has passed away one more of the long line of illustrious Scotsmen who have distinguished themselves and benefited mankind by their zealous prosecution of medical and anatomical science.  Dr. LEE was born at Whitelaw (now called Whitelee), near Galashiels, in 1793, his father having been long a farmer on a large scale in that district.
        We regret to announce the death of Mr. John Morgan COBBETT, M.P., for Oldham, which occurred on Tuesday, at 20, Brompton Crescent, South Kensington.  The deceased was the second son of William COBBETT, the celebrated author of the Political register.  He was born in 1800, was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn, in 1830, and subsequently went the Home Circuit.  In 1850 he married the daughter of Mr. John FIELDEN, who was M.P. for Oldham from 1832 to 1835, and in 1852 his son became one of its members, retaining his seat until 1865.  He had twice before contested the borough unsuccessfully, and had also been an unsuccessful candidate at Chichester.  In 1872 he was re-elected for Oldham, and again in February, 1874.  Mr. COBBETT was a Conservative, but upon a few questions his views were somewhat in advance of those of his party.  One of the most remarkable of his speeches during later years was that upon the second reading of the Ballot Bill, which he warmly supported.  Mr. COBBETT was a justice of the peace for Sussex, and chairman of the Quarter Sessions for the Western Division of that county.
    The death is announced of Dr. LEE, M.D., F.R.S., lat of Savile Row, whose discovery of the "cause of the heart's action," when it was first introduced, found many opponents.  Dr. LEE outlived this opposition; and at the last "Harvein oration," which was delivered by him, for the last time in Latin, he was invited to lecture with the same rod which Harvey had used in the demonstrations of his discovery of the "circulation of the blood." 

 The Mayor of Darlington (T.R. M. PLEWS, Esq.), gave a grand ball to 600 guests on Thursday evening.  Extensive and elegantly fitted temporary erections for dancing, supper, &c., were provided and furnished by Mr. Benjamin EDGINGTON, of Duke Street, London Bridge.  The supper was by GUNTER and Co., and the band of the Coldstream Guards was engaged, under the direction of Mr. F. GODFEY.
        Good English beer, if not too strong, and if taken only with meals and in moderate quantity, is, it is allowed on all hands, a wholesome drink.  Can as much be said for the so-called teetotal drinks which are available at present for the masses?  Our water is for the most part merely diluted sewage; public-house tea and public-house coffee (even that provided for travellers at railway stations) are abominable -- the one is a hot solution of tannin, and the other is too often an astringent rough decoction flavoured with chickory and smoke; as for lemonade, gingerade, syrups-and-water, and similar inventions, they merely cloy the palate and induce flatulence. -- Lancet.
        The Queen and Princess Beatrice and suite returned to Osborne on Friday.
        Mr. N.H. STAGG, a sporting gentleman, and owner of racehorses, drowned himself in a water-butt on Thursday.  He had plunged in head foremost.
        The death is announced of Admiral WILKES, of the United States navy, who, in November, 1861, boarded the British mail steamer Trent and seized Messrs MASON and SLIDELL, the Confederate commissioners.
Rev Donald MACKENZIE of Ballachulish has had the degree of B.D. conferred upon him by the Archbishop of Canterbury for turning the Book of Common Prayer into Gaelic.
        Colonel MURE, M.P., gave a dinner at his residence in Eaton Place, London, on Tuesday night, in honour of General TCHERNAYEFF.  Amongst those present to meet the General were -- Mr. FORSTER, M.P.; the Hon. Evelyn ASHLEY, M.P.; the Hon. Colonel Wm. CALDWELL, Mr. James MURE, Mr. Reginald MURE, Mr. R. EARLE, and Mr. Cecil EARLE.
        Mr. John KEENE, who was for more than forty years governor of Horsemonger Lane gaol in London, has died in his 77th year.
        The Rev Canon John Owen PARR, vicar of Preston, died on Monday morning.  Deceased was appointed to the living in 1840, and was 76 years of age.
        Sir Henry ELLIOT has experienced the effects of the hard and anxious work he has recently had in a renewed attack of violent headaches, to which he is subject, and which has forced him to keep his room since the day following his arrival in London.
        Mr. FROUDE has accepted the invitation of the Glasgow University Independent Club to become their candidate for the office of Lord Rector at next election.
        Dean HOARE of Waterford has died at the age of 75.
        Lady Florence DIXIE has been slightly hurt by being thrown from her horse while riding to the Cottesmore hounds.
    The new paper, called London, says that a piquant volume of Imaginary Conversations is about to be issued.  Among the conversations are the following: -- II. "Dr Kenealy and Balaam's Ass."  III. "Falstaff, Mrs Quickly, and Sir Wilfrid Lawson."  VII. "Susannah, the Elders, and Rev Henry Ward Beecher."  XXXI. "Alcestis, Lazarus, and Mr. Seymour Haden."  XLI. "Jonah, the Fish, and Mr. Frank Buckland."  XLIX. "Right Hon. William Ewart Gladstone, Sir Pandarus of Troy, the Sea Serpent, and a Woodmonger."
        Mr. MACGREGOR, M.P., at the meeting with his constituents at Leith, last week, was asked -- Will you support the bill to legalise marriage with a deceased wife's sister?  (Laughter.) Mr. MACGREGOR said that was a very awkward question for him, because his wife was not deceased, and she had not got a sister.  (Great laughter.)
        An English widow makes away with her five children.  An Irish paper calls this "wholesale matricide."  There is life in the old land yet. -- World.
        Mr. I. Lowthian BELL, M.P., is still suffering from the accident he met in the Newcastle Station by a porter running a barrow against his knee.  The doctor says that a piece of the bone has been detached.
        Great satisfaction has been caused in Dublin by the Duchess of Marlborough's efforts to foster Irish industry.  A ball is to be given, at which ladies are to wear Irish poplin only.  Every day for a fortnight is marked out for festivities at the Castle.
 Sir William FERGUSSON, the eminent surgeon, died on Saturday evening.  He was born in 1808, and was a cadet of the house of Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire, where his ancestors had resided for centuries.  He was educated at Edinburgh, and became a pupil of KNOX, the great anatomist.  In 1840 he went to London, where his success was extraordinary.  But it must be confessed that he had splendid opportunities.  Sir Astley COOPER, the great light in London surgery, died soon after FERGUSSON settled in London, his great rival LISTON also succumbed, and Mr. SYME, who came up from Edinburgh to take Mr. LISTON'S vacant place in 1847, was forced to beat a retreat the following year.  He thus, in a short time, and at a comparatively early age, established himself at the head of the profession in London.  Brilliant as an operator, he was unrivalled in power of diagnoses and shrewdness of judgment.  As an operator his grace, facility, and strength of hand were unsurpassed.  In his operations he was cool and methodical, avoiding all display or flourish, paying every attention to the most minute details that might contribute to success.  Conservative surgery was his forte, and while plastic operations, lithotrity and lithopomy, received a fair share of his attention, he devoted himself mainly to perfecting the various operations having for their object the conservation of the foot and leg, believing that the surgeon's mission was always "to save life -- if possible, limbs;"  and taking for his motto -- "to save life and limb is a grand feat, and may be said to be the highest reach in surgery."  Sir William was pre-eminently a striking instance of steady uniform success.  As an operator he was bold yet cautious, thoughtful yet decide; and to him may be applied the description of LISTON'S hand, so well described by Lord ROBERTSON -- "If hard as iron and true as steel in the theatre of operation, as soft as thistledown when applied to the throbbing pulse and aching brow."
         Mr. GULLY, of the Northern Circuit, has become a Q.C.
         The marriage of Lieut. Colonel W. J. F. RAMSDEN, Coldstream Guards, cousin of Sir Jno. RAMSDEN, Bart., and Miss Mabel LINDSAY, second daughter of the late Lieut.-General the Hon. Sir Jas. LINDSAY, K.C.M.G., and Lady Sarah LINDSAY, and niece of the Earl of Crawford and Balcarres, was solemnised on Tuesday at St. Mary's Church, Bryanston Square.  The ceremony was performed by the Rev Francis HOLLAND, M.A., assisted by the Rev R. HALPIN, Chaplain of the Forces.  The bridegroom was attended by the Hon. Eustace H. DAWNAY (Coldstream Guards) as best man.  The bride, who was given away by her uncle, the Earl of Mexborough, was accompanied by seven bridesmaids, namely, Miss LINDSAY, her sister; Ladies Mary and Annie SAVILE, Lady Eva GREVILLE, and Miss Isabella LINDSAY, her cousins;  Miss Ethel LAW, cousin of the bridegroom; and Miss GOSLING, his step-niece.  The bride's dress was of rich pearl white satin, trimmed with Mechlin lace; tulle veil and wreath of orange flowers, and diamond ornaments.  The bridesmaids wore white Cachemere dresses, embroidered with gold; white Rubens hats and plumes.
         The two hundredth anniversary of the death of Spinoza will be celebrated at Hague next Wednesday.  M. Ernest RENAN is to deliver a conference on Spinoza.
         The following peers constitute the Select Committee on Intemperance: -- The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, the Duke of Westminster, Earl of Donoughmore, Earl of Shrewsbury, Earl of Shaftesbury, Earl of Belmore, Earl of Onslow, Earl of Morley, Earl of Kimberley, Viscount GORDON, the Bishops of Peterborough, Exeter, and Carlisle, Lord PENRHYN, Lord ABERDARE, and Lord COTTESLOE.
         The marriage of Mr. T. Merthyr GUEST and Lady Theodora GROSVENOR, sister of the Duke of Westminster, will be celebrated the second week in the ensuing month.
        The Bishop of Rochester has licensed the Rev Benjamin DALE, late curate of Much Hadhan, Herts, to the curacy of St. James, Hatcham.
         I saw the other day in the columns of a contemporary that "men of fashion" had discarded frock-coats.  If this be so, I can only say that I rarely come across a man of fashion. -- LONDON.
         Describing the ladies' toilettes at the opening of Parliament, a correspondent says -- "Blues and pinks were visible here and there, but white and purple were the prevailing colours; while it was remarked that satin formed, far more than has been usual for years, a large proportion of the material of the dresses.  Jewellery was singularly conspicuous by its absence, but in the rare instances in which it was worn it was of a magnificence indescribable.  Those who looked on Lady DUDLEY'S parure of pearls and diamonds will not forget the wealth of art as well as of lustre displayed upon her hair, her neck, and her bodice."
         The "tone" of high life, which Mr. GLADSTONE says has sunk since the death of Prince Albert, is still sternly upheld by the Queen.  The Hon. Spencer LYTTELTON has just resigned the post of Marshal of the Ceremonies in her Majesty's household, and it has been conferred on Mr. Augustus LUMLEY.  The clubs have been ringing for some time and with the scandal which produced this change, when there found its way into print his retraction of the most unfounded charge which Mr. LYTTELTON had made against a lady, and which, as soon as it and its acknowledged baselessness were brought under the notice of the Queen, led to the immediate resignation of her then Marshal of the Ceremonies.  Since the affair of ex-Colonel Valentine BAKER there has been no such scandal, though the outrage had been confined to words.  The virtual dismissal of Mr. LYTTELTON, as soon as his offence was clearly proved by his own confession and retractation, exhibits Her Majesty's continued determination to show no respect to persons in her own household when their conduct is reprehensible.  The Hon Spencer LYTTELTON'S brother, the late Lord LYTTELTON, married a sister of Mrs. GLADSTONE'S. -- Cor.