THE WRITERS' WASTE BASKET. The poet Burns spelled his name Burness (his family name) until the publication of his poems in 1786. It is said to be a fair indication of Shakespeare's popularity in Germany that 1,700 copies of a cheap edition of his works were sold in that country last year. Lovers of Robert Browning -win be glad to learn through an English authority au-thority that his books have more sale in England than those of any dead poet except Shakespeare. Eudyabd Kiplc-gs contributions to the London Times are paid for at the rate of 8150 a letter, less than one-third of what Lord Randolph Churchill received re-ceived for his South African correspondence, correspond-ence, which goes to show that it pays better to be a lord than a literary man. M. Resas, the French theologian, says that he made the discovery over forty years ago that by the writing of amusing works one grows sad, and that the best way of remaining merry is to write on serious subjects. To his adherence ad-herence to this principle he attributes his own cheerful life.