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yet be restored to lier. At least let us see to it that she fares
I hope that Mr. Willia ns is to gloomy in his prognostication, but reading his book will be to most Englishmen what the visit to one of the German works was to an Iron Trade Association delegate, who, on coming home, remarked with emphasis, “I astounded; but his colleague pointed the moral to the whole matter in the observation with which he concludel his essay, "We shall have to begin and learn again.”
ONE PARTING WORD. To Minister3, Opposition leaders, and legislators generally I would appeal as to whether the state of things above described does not demand instant attention and immediate action. If the facts are not as stated, then of course we can let things alone. But if they are, is it not criminal and suicidal folly to allow this Session to pass before manfully grappling with this national peril? The Opposition concurring with Ministers could without difficulty pass a real Education Bill restricted to those educational changes which every one agrees to bo urgently necessary. Surely we have fooled on long enough about Secondary Educaktion. The timè has com for action. Sir W. Harcourt has already intimated a readiness to co-operate i.) passing the non-contentious part of Sir John Gorst's Bill. Woe will be to those statesmen who with this Stoffel-like warning before them take no action, but blunder blindly down like the third Napoleon to an irremediable Sedan.
with the money provided by the Act. For example, at Luton instruction under the Act is now being given in the practice of the local straw-plaiting industry, which had got into a moribund condition; the effects so far have been most satisfactory, and are reviving the trade. In other words, the Act attempts to draw a distinction, which would be foolish if it could be put into practice, and though in several towns it is wisely ignored, it is objectionable, and should be got rid of,
Let me make one other suggestion. Why cannot Technical Instruction be commenced in Board Schools? There seems no convincing reason why Elementary Education should be merely literary; while there seems every reason why it should be combined with healthy and interesting training in manual industry and artistic craftmanship. The time-limit blocky the way at present to much reform; and the age at which children of the poorer classes are taken away from school should be raised. But in the meantime many hours might be saved by compressing the less necessary parts of the school curriculum. Learning the names of Canaanitish chiefs and the like gymnastics of the mind might with advantage make room for elementary instruction in some useful or beautiful craft.
Amen! Amen! But, unfortunately, the Party now in power seem to consider that the one thing needful is to increase the premium upon the learning of the names of trie Canaanites and similar gymnastics of the mind. In this opinion, however, I cannot believe that the Duke of Devonshire really concurs.
REMEDIES FOR PRIVATE ADOPTION. Mr. Williams then goes on to urge, justly enough, that commercial Consuls and technical colleges will be of no god unless our manufacturers and inerchants bestir themselves in a more energetic and practical fashion than t'iey have been doing lat ly; otherwise, it would not have been necessary for him to make the following suggestions :
They must be more studious to the tastes and wishes of their customers. They must send out travellers, who know the language of the country which they are canvassing. They must cease to scorn the small order. They must pay more hced to the merits of careful packing and the like details of well conducted commerce. They must have an up-to-date equipment in their workshops. They must adopt the metric system of weights and measures for their export business, at any rate, and they must conform to whatever system of money and measures is in vogue in the country in which they propose to trade. They must be more artistic, and attend more t) the appearance of their goods; otherwise we shall have many reports such as Messrs. Guttridge sent from Naples in the autumn of 1895, which states that “Grman coiton hosiery from Chemnitz has taken the place of British-made goo:ls, being smarter looking and more saleable.” They must practise the imitative art and learn from their rivals and competitors. They must advertise more boldly. They must avoid labour troubles, and recognise that well-paid workers, other things being equal, are the best workers, and that the shortening of the hours is often a profitable investment. Lastly, Englishmen must be more progressive, more alert, more watchful, more ready to take instant advantage of every opportunity.
Mr. Williams concludes his remarkable book as follows:
Are these counsels of perfection? They are counsels, nevertheless, which are, every one of them, necessary to salvation. Every one of them is followed in Germany, and I decline to believe that England's industrial character has 80 deteriorated that she is unable, an she will, to pull herself up to the German standard of conduct. Her uniqu? position as unchallenged mistre :s of the Industrial World is gone, and is not likely to be regained. "But some of the departed glory may
SUMMER HOLIDAYS FOR LONDON CHILDREN.-120,000 people crowded on an area of less than one square mile in this hot summer weather! No park, no open space, no shade of trees or carpet of green grass to give rest or coolness in the arid dusty streets of Walworth. Readers of the REVIEW OF REVIEWS are no doubt planning pleasant holidays by sea or lake or mountain. Will they not ensure the happiness of their own holiday by sending a little to help to carry the poor denizens of that crowded district for a brief holiday by sa or field ? Ten shillings will secure for a child a whole fortnight of happines; fifteen shillings will give an adult the same holiday. Donations for this object will be very gratefully received by the Warden, F. Herbert Stead, Robert Browning Hall, York Street, Walworth.
The interest which Mr. Hall Caine has roused in everything pertaining to the Isle of Man will lead many a reader to turn to the sketch in the July Quiver of Church lile in Manxland, of which the Bishop of Sodor and Man is the author. He does not conceal the scandals of the past nor overlook the great good done by Dissenters. This is only one of many taking articles which this number of the Qui ver contains.
“ The London Manual and Municipal Year Bjok," which has made its first appearance, is an excellent book of reference, for which we are indebted to the proprietor of London. No book dealing with the chaos of London government has yet been produced which is so up-to-date, su comprehensive and cheap. It is a shilling in paper covers, and with maps, diagrams, and portraits, and invaluable lists of local officials with their addresses, it is quite the best little manual of the kind.
Last month we published in our caricature pages, ap excellent cartoon of the Cabinet "robbing Johu Bull with violence." Its source was wrongly given : it should have been attributed to Mr. Keir Hardie's paper, the Labour Leader.
THIS month I issue the first number of my "Penny Curtis's. An anonymous benefactor provided means for
, , hope will achieve a success at least equal to that of gether a very friendly and sympathetic interest was the “ Penny Poets.” The first chapter of “Macaulay's taken in the boy-poet. In this connection I was History of England” is in itself a rapid summary of the glad to receive the following letter from the sub-editor whole history of the country, from Macaulay's point of of London, which speaks for itself:view, from the earliest time down to the close of the
Office of London, Commonwealth. It was only after he had written his
June 15th, 1896. Introduction that he began the detailed History
Dear Mr. Stead.—You will be interested to learn that of the reign of the “Last of the Stuarts” and the
Edmund Curtis, the boy-poet of the East End, was a most Revolution of 1688. In the case of Macaulay I ardent admirer and eager reader of your “ Penny Poets." have been able to print the whole chapter without It is some months ago since I first discovered the youthful any abridgment, merely cutting down one or two notes. bard, since which I have been able to assist him somewhat in I have taken the liberty of editing the chapter to the his reading, but until I met him his reading of poetry was extent of cutting it up into sections and giving it cross- largely confined to the weekly supplies you placed at his heads. By this mean, I flatter myself that many, even
disposal for a penny. of those who have read the Introduction to the History, each number, and of taking it off to the factory or the homo
He spoke with enthusiasm of waiting for the appearance of will be surprised to find how comprehensive a compendium to English history Macaulay produced in his first
and reading it with intense delight. chapter. I would specially commend this series of Prose- more of each poet's work. They filled him with an ardent
He used to wish tey came out more frequently and gave Classics to teachers, and those who have an opportunity longing to read the completed works, and now, since we of suggesting reading to young men and young women. introduced the boy to the public, and generous friends have I tell remember to this day the glow of delight that given him many volumes of poems, he still cherishes a fond came over me when first I got hold of Macaulay's Essays. remembrance of the “ Penny Poets.” I should think I was then about sixteen or seventeen When we were gathering him a little library, we asked him years of age, and the brilliance of Macaulay's style what books he already possessed. He mentioned two commonproduced upon me the effect which I suppose is some
place volumes and nearly all the “ Penny Poets.”—Yours what equivalent to the intoxication produced by cham
GEORGE Haw, pagne. The fortnight in which I devoured his Essays
Assistant Editor. stands out a bright and brilliant, and never-to-be-forgotten
BOOKS FOR THE BAIRNS. period in my youth. Similar to this, although some- The issue of “Books for the Bairns "continues. The what of a more serious nature, was the effect proluced latest number is devoted to the old German satire by reading Carlyle's “ Letters and Speeches of Oliver of “Reynard the Fox,” which will be followed by the Cromwell.” It would be impossible by any process of somewhat similar story that tells the adventures of condensation to give the letters and speeches of the “Brer Rabbit.” The illustrations in the “Books for Lori Protector in a penny book, but I think I can the Bairns ” have attracted much attention. succeed in giving those passages of Carlyle which
New ISSUES OF THE Novels. burned themselves into my memory thirty years ago, together with such elucidatory matter as will connect
Since our last issue I have published the following his more brilliant extracts together, and so form some
numbers of our “ Penny Popular Novels":thing approaching to a sketch of Cromwell and the times No. 25.—“Midshipman Easy." By Captain Marryat. in which he lived.
26.—“ Robert Falconer.” By Geo. Macdonald.
27.—“Fantine,”—from “Les Miserables.” By Victor THE Bor-PCET AND THE “Penny Poets."
28.—“ Handy Andy.” By Samuel Lover.
while “ Books for the Bairns” are simply what they profess
to be-bairnish. daily papers, united in
What a boy of twelve or thirteen yearns declaring that Curtis was a
after when he reads anything is plenty of narrative, stirring
incident and dramatic situation; something which he can boy of very fine promise,
assimilate without overtaxing his powers of mental digestion. while Mr. Lang de
He does not even care for much plot, and skips all wordclared that the early school
painting and analysis of character. verse of Sir Walter Scott Now that “ unseen reading” is required in the upper classes EDUUXD CURTIS. was really not so good as of our public elementary schools, the weekly (or monthly)
issue of boys' books in a cheap form would be an inestimable nominal price, if he will communicate with me as to the boon to both teacher and scholar. The host of penny weekly kind of books he thinks would be most likely to interest publications now issuing are too scrappy and disconnected, and
them. so full of colloquial English and slang that they are quite
I am glad to notice the publication by Mr. Bryce, of unsuited for this purpose, while the cheap popular monthlies do
Glasgow, of penny bɔoklets of a distinctly religious not cater sufficiently for the juveniles to be of much interest
nature. The first,“ Blessed be Drudgery," is prefaced among schoolboys. The School Library (public money may not be employed
by the Countess of Aberdeen; the last issued is for the furnishing of school libraries) is now becoming an
"Selections from Thomas à Kempis,” edited by Proimportant institution in elementary schools. I have intro fessor Lindsay. I am glad to think that the success of duced the penny novels into my own school library, and have the “ Penny Poets” has encouraged the publication of endeavoured to push them among my pupils. The success of this series, and I cordially wish Mr. Bryce every success. the experiment has not been very pronounced however; the books are taken home, but in most cases they are brought back THE BAIRNS' PAINTING COMPETITION. unread.
Twenty-two copies of "Æsop's Fables,” coloured by Your proposed Reading Revival has my, most hearty juvenile artists, have been sent in for the competition sympathy as a remedial measure. I am of opinion, however, that efforts of this character would have the most far-reaching
announced in the June REVIEW OF REVIEWS. I append effect if a campaign could be organised and prosecuted among
a complete list of the competitors, with their ages. We our elementary scholars. From personal observation and
had considerable difficulty in deciding which was the inquiry it does not appear that more than 15 per cent. of th best. Some excelled in the neatness with which they children living in our great industrial centres have any have laid on the pigments, others by the brilliance of inclination for books out of school. If a cheap supply of their colouring; while some, which have been very well wholesome juvenile literature were available a tremendous done in other respects, have been marred by the power for good would be placed in the hands of schoolmasters, incongruity of the colours employed. who, by virtue of their office, would be able to introduce into
After much consideration I have placed the four first the school books which combine literary merit with the other as follows:essentials already enumerated as necessary to arrest and sustain interest, and at a rate which would place them within A. E. Olley, aged 11, County School, Llangollen. the reach of the poorest child. The most valuable part of a
Eira C. Haise, 47, Revidge Road, Blackburn. teacher's work, and that which has the most lasting results, is Phyllis Ashby (9), Downing, Loughto, Essex. the creation of a love of reading among his pupils; as this
Frances Bomford, Northville, Mildenhall, Suffolk. desire, once implanted, throws open the gates of all other The names of the other competitors, which I will not knowledge. This assertion, although perhaps very trite, loses mention in order of merit, but in order of alphabet, are nothing by iteration.
as follows:Our correspondent suggests that it would be well to Harry Ball, 5, Palmerston Rd., Dublin invite from teachers a list of the fifty best books that Millicent W. Ball, 5, Palmerston Rd., Dublin. they would like to have reproduced for a penny, for the Gladys Barrington, 46, Palmerston Rd., Dublin. purpose of a school library. I would be extremely glad May Crosbie, 10, Belgrave Sq., Rathmines, Dublin. if teachers would fall in with this suggestion, but may I
Gertrude Crosland, Bay View, Arnside, viâ Carnforth. beg of them to take into consideration the fact that no
Arthur Jules Dash (9), 37, St. Paul's Sq., York.
Kathleen Downlam (6), Cintra, Oakfield, Liverpool. book is out of copyright whose author is still alive, or has not been dead for more than seven years, and that
Evelyn L. Downham (8), Cintra, Oakfield, Liverpool. even then the book is not out of copyright until forty-two
Elsie Fleet (11), Sunset View, Alkington Rd., Whitchurch,
Salop. years after its publication. It is obvious how much this
Henry P. Henley, 7, Church Avenue, Rathmines, Dublin. will limit the range of choice, but of non-copyright
John W. Henry (8), 132, Upper Rathmines, Dublin. books there are surely sufficient to enable teachers to
Richard N. Holmes (7), Ellel House, Oakfield, Liverpool. draw up a list of fifty books, which, if produced at a Marian S. Liddle (10}), Cornwall House, Newbury, Berks. penny, either complete or abridged, would furnish, Monica S. Liddle (6), Cornwall House, Newbury, Berks. by no means contemptibly, the shelves of a village Arthur Howard Page (10), 7, Ivy Gardens, Crouch End, N. library.
Grace Banfield Page (11), 7, Ivy Gardens, Crouch End, N, The list of the books which the writer of the above E. S. Richmond (10), 4, Telbury Place, Brighton. letter sends is made up almost entirely of copyright
Maud M. Robinson (9), 208, Barnsley Road, Sheffield. works, the owners of which are not willing to promote I have to thank my juvenile friends for the pains they the publication of abridgments for the value of the lads have taken in colouring the pictures in “ Æ sop's Fables." and lasses in our elementary schools. A glance over the It is impossible for every one to win a prize, and I have list of books already issued in penny form will prove that no doubt that if I knew-all the circumstances under there is already in existence a very good collection of which some of the competitors did their work, I might books for young people at a price which brings them think they are more worthy of a prize than those to within the range of everybody. I shall be very glad, whom it has actually been awarded." I hope, therefore, on hearing from any teacher who wishes to introduce that none of them will be disappointed because they these books to his scholars, to send a sample parcel at a have not succeuded.
of place in the strenuous days of
the early year, it generally comes to its own again with the return of summer and the heyday of the season. See here, sor instance, in the following list of what people have most been buying: more than half the books are novels, and one of the two that remain is the outcome of as sensational an episode as modern history has to record, while the other is made up of the sermons of a writer who, whatever he may first count himself, bulks more in the public mind as a writer of fiction than as a clergyman. But here is the list :
Boer and Uitlander: the True History of the late Events in South Africa. By W. F. Regan. 3s. 6d. The Courtship of Morrice Buckler. By A. E. W. Mason. 6s. The Mind of, the Master. By John Watson, D.D. 6s. Rome. By Einile Zola. 3s. 6d. Briseis. By William Black. 6s. The Sowers. By Henry Seton Merriman. 6s.
Mr. W.F. Regan's “ Boer and Uitlander" (Digby, 3s.61.) I sent you a couple of months ago. Philo-Boer though it is, anything that protested so much that it is a
“true history was sure to get readers. And Mr. Regan is by no means so prejudiced a guide as altogether to vitiate the value of his book. I know I ought to have
“The Courtship of Morrice Buckler” (Macmillan, 6s.) earlier. I cry guilty for once to the charge of having, not neglected, but overlooked, your interests. Mr. Mason, as a rival to Mr. Weyman and Dr. Doyle, is perhaps the discovery of the spring. He can describe a fight with the best, can invent an exciting incident, and call up the dead past of courtly graces and sword flashings. But he cannot-at present—tell a story with complete success; nor can he create a character as have the other writers I have named. His characters aro quite ludicrously superficial, the puppets of the plot. But still, this serious disability notwithstanding, his “record of the growth of an English gentleman during the years 1685–1687, under strange and difficult circumstances,” is very well worth reading. The name of John Watson, D.D., hides the pseudonym of “Ian Maclaren.” His “ The Mind of the Master” (Hodder. 6s.) is made up of fifteen short papers on religious subjects —"Jesus our Supreme Teacher"; "Sin an Act of Self-Will”; “Fatherhood the Final Idea of God," and others. M. Zola's "Rome” (Chatto, 3s. 6d.) you know all about; Mr. William Black's new novel “ Briseis" (Low, 6s.) you will have read; and Mr. Seton Merriman's “ The Sowers" (Smith and Elder, 6s.) you had from me in April, when I suggested that its author deserved more attention from lovers of a good stirring tale than he had been getting.
The first of the other novels I have to send you-Mr. Gilbert Parker's “ The Seats of the Mighty” (Methuen, 63.)-is good enough to have surprised even those readers who have been enthusiastic about this author's promise ever since the old National Observer days, and the publication of “ Pierre and his People.". There was a fear once that Mr. Parker would allow his somewhat strenuous style to run away with him; that fear can now be dismissed. The style in which this book is written is individual, certainly, but individnal with real distinction, not with eccentricity. “ The Seats of the Mighty” is a tale of the English investment of Quebec, and of the half-dozen years of war that went before it.
It has gallant episodes as exciting as any in the best work of Dr. Doyle and Mr. Weyman, but its interest does not lie in incident alone. The characters---Captain Moray, “ Monsieur Devil” Doltaire, Gabord--are drawn with admirable, inimitable care. Mr. Parker has been likened to many writers-Mr. Archibald Clavering Gunter was once the REVIEW's choice!—but here he is himself most, with a touch perhaps of Dumas. Tho escapes from the Citadel and from the Château Saint Louis are excellent, and so too is the suggestion of the fighting after Moray has led Wolfe up the heights before the town. It is not every one who likes the romantic novel, but those who do are hardly likely to find a better specimen of the kind in a score of moons.
And I have another romance to send you. “ The Prisoner of Zenda" has had so much success in America that the Yankees have raised an Anthony Hope of their own in the person of Mr. Robert W. Chambers, a writer whose previous books, “ The King in Yellow," "In the Quarter," and "The Red Republic,” I sent you with warm commendation. He is, versatile, this Mr. Chambers, and this new novel of his,“ Ą King and a Few Dukes” (Putnam, 6s.), is almost as interesting and as exciting as its prototype. Its scene is the Balkans, and Mr. Chambers does not hesitate to mix up the geography of that seething cauldron of intrigue in any manner that suits his narrative. Russian plots, a beautiful princess, a gallant young American, and the world well lost for love" of the old-fashioned romances: such are the ingredients of “A King and a Few Dukes," and I am much mistaken if they do not give it a considerable popularity. Bismarck himself is the deus ex machina who comes to the aid, in the last few pages, of the hero and heroine !
It is full summer and you have asked for plenty of fiction, and I think I shall have satisfied you. There are two new novels by author's very well established: Mr. Marion Crawford's “ Adam Johnstone's Son” (Macmillan, 6s.); and Miss Charlotte M. Yonge's “ The Release;. or, Caroline's French Kindred” (Macmillan, 6s.); Mr. Maurice Hervey's “ Dartmoor” (Arrowsmith, 3s. 6d.), which does not belie the promise of its title (there is an escape from Dartmoor in the book and a really wicked villain and all the usual ingredients of the old-fashioned sensation story); a tale of Russia (“this is the first time,” says the preface, “that the grand mode of Russia has ever been dealt with in English fiction, and there is an escape-from Siberia-in this book, too); “ The Limb: an Episode of Adventure” (Innes, 6s.), by the writer who gave us Aut Diabolus aut Nihil," and still prefers to be known as “X. L.”; a novel, very modern and psychological, by Mr. Francis Gribble, with the excellent title of “The Things that Matter” (Innes, 6s.), dealing with the better Bohemian society and the artistic life; and an excellent tale in the vein of the older writers who used to aim specially at the “young person ”—Miss Norma Lorimer's “A Sweet Disorder” (Innes, 6s.). This last is all about two girls who come up to London to earn their own living, is thoroughly virginibus, and contains one really beautiful episode-the death of the old maid-as sweetly told as anything of its kind in Miss Wilkins's best work.-Mr. Fisher Unwin has started a series of Little Novels, each volume of which is issued at the modest price of sixpence. I send
you one-Mr. H. Barton Baker's “Margaret Gray: an Alphonse Daudet's novels has been undertaken, too, by Episode in a Life"—that you may see how convenient a Messrs. J. M. Dent and Co. Kings in Exile" and size they are for carrying about. This particular story “Artists' Wives ” (25. 6d. each, net), with the original deals with a repentant Magdalen who is unable to tear illustrations, by MM. Myrbach, Rossi and the rest, are herself entirely away from the fascination of the life the last volumes to appear, looking very attractive. which has enthralled her, although in the intervals Count Tolstoi's Anna Karenina” (Scott, 3s. 6 l.) also be:ween these outbreaks, she works as a missionary in makes fresh appeal. Other novels one can afford to the East End. The plot has memories of " Johanna leave unread, but “Anna Karenina” never; it stands Traill, Spinster” about it, but that would not matter if eternally one of the peaks of all fiction. Mr. Baker had not treated it so superficially, with so Only two or three books of pure history I send this much sentiment and melodramatic emphasis. Although month. Mr. C. Edmund Maurice's “Bohemia" I cannot honestly say that I like the story, or even (Unwin, 5s.) is a volume of the Story of the Nations think it clever, I send you also Mrs. Egerton Castle's series, dealing with its history “from the earliest times “My Little Lady Anne” (Lano, 23. net), the new volume to the fall of national independence in 1620, with a of Pierrot's Library. In truth, if this dark tale of short summary of later events.” It is illustratel and the last century can be taken as an index of Pierrot's contains maps. Then there is the Rev. Montague Fowler's taste in literature, he cannot be envied. There are many "Church History in Queen Victoria's Reign" (S.P.C.K. points in common between “My Little Lady Anne' and 3s.), and Mrs. Basil Holmes's “The London Burial Mrs. Hodgson Burnett's “A Lady of Quality," so it may Grounds : Notes on their History from the Earliest get a certain vogue, but I cannot think it either healthy or Times to the Present Day” (Unwin, 10s. 6d.), a book pleasant; and I only send it to you now because it forms as interesting, both in its text and its illustrations, to one of a series of books whose format is as attractive the general rea ler as to the antiquarian. The translaand tasteful as anything that the Bɔdley Head has tion of Bernard Ten Brink's “ History of English Liteproduced.
rature,” in Bohn's Standard Library, has reached its I send you some good volumes of short stories too. third volume (B. II, 33. 6.), dealing with the period “Embarrassments" (Heinemann, 63.), by Mr. Henry between the fourteenth century and the death of Surrey. James, acknowledged master in England of this kind of Historical biography is represented by Mr. W. H. Hutart, you should read first. It has all his qualities- ton's “Philip Augustus" (Macmillan, 2s. 6d.), a volume perhaps at their best: reticence, the adumbration of of the Foreign Statesmen Series; and to the Heroes of character, the expression of the most delicate moods. the Nations Series has been added, you will be glad to The literary calling has hardly been more deftly and see—for Jeanne is the only woman in all the publisher's cleverly presented, on one of its sides, than in the first list of eighteen heroes—“ Jeanne d'Arc: Her Lifs and story, “The Figure in the Carpet." Then Mr. John Death,” by Mrs. Oliphant (Putnam, 5s.). The cult Davidson has collected some of the best of his essays in of the Miid is gaining ground. What with Mrs. Olithe short story in " Miss Armstrong's and Other Circum- phant, Mrs. Andrew Lang, Mark Twain, Lord Ronald stances" (Methuen, 6s.), and shows that, although by no Gower and others she promises soon to be as much manner of means as good a writer of fiction as he is a honoured in this country as she is in France. Mr. Robert poet, he can produce work of this kind worth reading B. Douglas's “The Life and Times of Madame du and individual. In “Miss Martin's Company and Other Barry” (Smithers) has a livelier interest, and makes in Stories ” (Dent, 2s. 6d. net), a volume of the pretty. Iris truth very entertaining reading for those to whom the series, Miss Jane Barlow gives another collection of gossip and scandal, the intrigues, of a corrupt court have sketches of Irish life ; while Miss Hannah Lynch's “ Dr. attraction. Mr. Douglas has attempted to show that Vermont's Fantasy” (Dent, 3s. 6d. net) can be com- Louis XV.'s last mistress, whom he likens to Nell Gwyn, mended to any of your friends who put as much store by was by no means as black in character as French histhe manner as the matter of a short story. Each of her torians would have us believe. The book has something tales has a fine literary finish.
of the same kind of value as attaches to Pepys' Diary, Miss Violet Hunt's “The Maiden's Progress; or the of Mr. Wheatly's edition of which, by the way, the final Adventures of a Girl” (Chapm in), has appeared volume—the eighth (Bell, 103. 6.1.)—has just appeared.
new edition “with considerable modifications, The editor here has done a real service to history and accessories and additions," and as you liked its fresh- to literature in giving us the “diary' as Pepys really ness and smartness so well when it first came out, I wrote it, and almost in its full entirety. The notes send it you again. One doubts whether any book
with which the volumes are furnished are excellent. better the new spirit that has caught so many young They make the edition, and none who read Pepys at all girls in London society to-day-certainly no book should read him in any other. “ The history of John expresses it with such brightness and continual interest. Porter for the past twenty-five years is the history of the Then I send with it a still older favourite, “ Ouida’s ” British Turf,” said someone in speaking of the Master of “ Under I'wo Flag,” (Chatto, 63.) in a very cheap but Kingsclere, and Mr. Byron Webbur quotes the saying serviceable new edition.
with approval in his preface to “Kingsclere" (Chatto, A good deal of what is best in Continental fiction finds 163.) in which he has recorded-put into literary its way into English nowadays, and I send you the shape, so to speak—the chief events of Mr. Porter's most interesting of the recent volumes. To Professor career, and his opinion on all matters pertaining to Saintsbury's edition of Balzac "A Bachelor's Establish- the rearing, training, and racing of horses. Mr. Porter ment"_“Un Menage de Garçon" (Dent, 3s. 61. net) trained for the Prince of Wales, and trains now for has been added ; M. Paul Bourget's “ Mensonges has the Duke of Westminster, and his establishment is appeared under the title of "A
Living Lie” (Chatto, perhaps the most famous of its kind; so that in this 3s. 6d.); Mr. J. K. Huysman's “Ea Route” (Paul, 6s.) chronicle we have rather a gol picture, and certainly an has been translated by Mr. C. Kegan Paul; and Flau- interesting one, of that “noblo British Institution" bert's 'The Temptation of St. Antony” (Nichols, 6s. which was so thoroughly treated in the REVIEW OF net) appears in an illustrated form. A reissue of M. REVIEWS when Lord Rosebery won his first Derby. The