IN THE REALM OF MUSIC. Beatrice Vehost, a Chicago girl of French parentage, has just achieved a notable triumph as a singer at the Royal Roy-al Court theater in Stockholm. Walter Damrosch is engaged in writing an opera whose subject is to be Hawthorne's "Scarlet Letter." Mr. G. P. Lathrop is writing the libretto for nun. George W. Estes, who died recently in Salem, Mass., at the age of eighty-seven, eighty-seven, was said to be the first man who ever played a snare drum by note. He officiated as drum major at the funeral of President William Henry Harrison in 1841. The age at which a "child wonder" ceases to be such has not yet been determined. But Josef Hofmann, the boy pianist, seems to have reached it. Late reports from abroad say that his fingers' are losing their suppleness, his ear its delicacy and his soul its love of music. Ik twenty-four days Handel wrote "The Messiah." Dr. Johnson wrote "Rasselas" in the nights of a single week. Schubert sometimes wrote four or five immortal songs in a single day. He was born in 1797 and died in 1828, yet he set to music six hundred and thirty-four poems by one hundred different dif-ferent authors, in addition to writing other musical works.