The faculty of Dartmouth College have voted to restore to their class at the beginning of the spring term the four sophomores who were concerned in the abduction of a freshman. A member of the faculty stated that their action was entirely independent of the recent petition sent to the board by the freshmen.
Mr. Beresford Hope has just sold a part of his celebrated collection of books, and for some of them obtained excellent prices. Among the choice things in the sale were the first four folio editions of Shakespeare, the fourth edition being in fine condition, but the others had had their titles mended, and were otherwise not so perfect as a collector would be glad to see them. For the first, $1,190 was paid; for the second, $177; for the third, $363; for the fourth, $120. Cardinal Ximenez's Polyglot Bible, in six volumes, fetched $830; Cicero's Letters, first edition (Rome, 1470), $135; the first edition of Homer, $355, and Wycliffe's New Testament, (manuscript, about 1430), $300.
The recent performance of "Dido and Aeneas," (by Owen Wister, '82,) in New York, by the Hasty Puddings, was a great success. The cast was as follows: Dido, E. H. Pendleton, Jr.; Anna, J. S. Webb; Tyria, J. E. Weld; Aeneas, ("the only original sentimental tramp and impoverished hero"), E. J. Wendell; Achates, ("the original Me-Too and one of the 306"), H. G. Chapin, Jr.; the B'hoy Ascanius, ("the only original infant prodigy"), R. D. Sears; Palinurus, A. Matthews; the Butler Punicus, Robert Codman; Juno, W. O. Edmands; Venus, H. Hardon; Father Anchises, F. C. Woodbury. "All the collegians evinced careful training, and the opera was enthusiastically received," says the New York Tribune. The Herald says: "Altogether the performance was an emphatic success and well worth repeating."
The development of biological teaching at the University of Cambridge has been rapid and successful. One branch of it, that of animal morphology, has been created there by Mr. F. M. Balfour, and it has grown to its present importance through his ability as a teacher and his scientific reputation. It has been urgently represented to the council that the welfare of biological studies at Cambridge demands that Mr. Balfour's department should be placed on a recognized and less precarious footing, and in this view the council concur. They accordingly recommend that there shall be established in the university a professorship of animal morphology, at a stipend of Pound 300 a year, to terminate with the tenure of office of the first professor elected, unless the university decide that the professorship shall be continued, the professor to be chosen by the vote of the members of the Senate on the electoral roll. It is to be the principal duty of the professor to teach and illustrate the principles of the structure and development of animals, to apply himself to the advancement of the knowledge of these subjects, and to promote their study in the university. - [Ex.