In a recent issue of the N. Y. Times was a very pertinent article on incompetent lectures. It was called forth by the press criticisms on the delivery of Canon Farrar, who expresses himself as pleased with the frankness of the American papers. There have been a number of English lecturers in this country who are deplorably deficient in the rudiments of good delivery, and however much they are popular in their own country, to gain respect for an American audience, they must at least be able to express themselves in a moderately effective manner. The day is fast coming when it shall be an imperative necessity to become a well-trained speaker in order to gain the ear of any cultivated assemblage. - Era.