Bancroft, the historian, never goes out to dinner parties. James Rnssell Lowell says the love of poetry is too affeeted. The title of Max O'BeU's book on America, whicb is understood tobe loa forward state, is "'Impressions of America and the Americans." It is proposed to raise a memorial to the late Hatthew Arnold in Westminster Abbey, and also to found a scholarship in his name in Oxïord uuiversity. Mr Robert Louis Stevenson. the novelist, is still very ilL He soon expeets a season of rest on the Maryland coast, and later will return to tue Adirondacks. George Augustus Sala's autobiography will appear m September, and it is hinted that tbe American section of the book will excite a goud deal of criticism on this side of the water The southern author. Mr Joel Chandler Harris, "Unele Remus," is a oían wbo Í3 plain in his mauners and plain in nis dress. The charge is made that his trousers always bag at the fcnees and at least one button is always missing from hls coat. Moreover, he has red hair and wears red cravata. Harry J Sbellman bas nearly ready for the publisher a volume oí American legends of birds done ia verse, to be issued in edition de luxe, and handsomely Ulustrated with full page eolored illustrations. A. tjidney Higgins is the colaborating artist, and his water color designs are very beautifuL The idea of a volume of poems witb eolored illustrations is original with these gentlemen.