It is interesting to know the opinión of so hard a worker and so earnest a player as Mr. Balfour on one of the most easily accessible and delightfu! recreations of modern times - uovel reading. Wheu entertaiued at the Sir Walter Scott club, he spoke freely on the present day position of the novel, calliug it a really neoessary luxury. "The World will insist upon tobáceo, daily papers and novéis until the end of time. Though literature by no means carriei all the cardinal virtues iu its train, still it is the greatest erigine for the production of cultivated happiness. "