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"The Bait," and a hundred others ; a dozen or more Anthems ; two full Cathedral Services in and E ; some 150 songs, some of which have obtained much celebrity.

HATTON, Joseph, born at Ando- ver, in 1839, is the eldest son of the late Mr. Francis Hatton, a Derby- shire newspaper proprietor and pub- lisher. He commenced his career of loumalism and authorsl 'p at an early age, upon his father's paper, the DeHyyehire Times. He has edited several provincial and London news- papers, and was during five years the proprietor of Berrow's Worcester Journal. At an early age he was a constant contributor to London Society, Belgravia, and other maga- zines. He wrote the papers on

  • ' Pits and Pitmen," in The Graphic.

In 1865 his first novel, "Bitter Sweets: a Love Story," appeared in three vols., and in the following year, " Against the Stream." This was followed in 1867 by "The TaUants of Barton." In 1868 he was appointed editor of the Oentle- man's Magazine, which in his hands entirely changed its long-estab- lished character as an antiquarian periodical, and became a snilling magazine of general literature. To the new series of this periodical he contributed a novel entitled " Christopher Kenrick," and many miscellaneous papers. After con- ducting the magazine for six years, he relinquished the editorial chair, upon which occasion he was pre- sented with a service of plate by the leading contributors. He founded The School Board Chronicle, and started the first illustrated news- paper published in the provinces. The Illustrated Midland News. His principal works are " Pippins and Cheese," "The VaUey of Poppies," 2 vols., 1871 ; " In the Lap of For- tune," 3 vols., 1872; "Clytie," 3 vols., 187:1; "The Queen of Bohe- mia," 2 vols., 1877-78; "Cruel Lon- don," 3 vols., 1878; "Three Re- cruits," 3 vols., 1880; "To-day in America," 2 vols. ; " The New Cey-

lon," 1881 ; " Journalistic London," 1882; "Newfoundland" (in collabo- ration with the Eev. M. Harvey, of St. John's), 1883; and "A Modem Ulysses," 1883. In dramatic litera- ture Mr. Hatton adapted, with the late John Oxenford, " Much too Clever," for the Gaiety, Mr. Toole playing the leading part. He is the author of a dramatic version of his own story of " Clytie," pro- duced at the Olympic with Miss Henrietta Hodson for the heroine ; a version of " The Scarlet Letter," played in the provinces; and he is the joint author of the suc- cessful drama of "Liz," produced at the Opera Comique, Miss Rose Leclerq sustaining the title rdle. In 1876 ho made a tour through the United States and Canada ; since which time he has held the responsible position of London correspondent of The Times of New York, his letters to which joiumal are largely quoted throughout the United States. He has frequently visited America during the last few years. Incidental to one of his tours was his reading at the Madison Square Theatre, New York, the dramatic version of his " Queen of Bohemia," in regard to which the American Press cordially endorsed the high opinions pronounced upon its novelty and dramatic excellence by the London journals. In 1881 Mr. Hatton went to New York to inaugurate a system of daily cables of American news and opinions for The Standard (London), and was singularly successful in exploiting the Irish question and the electonQ troubles of the time which led up to the assassination of President Gar- field. Present at this exciting period of American history, his graphic account of the attack on the President went the rounds of the European press. It was the longest dispatch ever sent through the Atlantic cable. Mr. Hatton's articles in Harper* s Magasine have proved to be among the most attractive contributions to that