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NOTES AND QUERIP^S. [12 s. vi. JUNE 26, 1920.

slir. for the 'Odyssey'] were unable to speak aloud until they had drunk blood Instinctively, then one seeks to infuse more red corpuscles into thT 'somewhat anaemic veins of these tales and

r But C does one? How can one, indeed, " seek " tn do i anything of the kind? The last sentence as SstandrSs nothing; and its futility is made the more conspicuous by the words " instinctively and -then." If it be replied that the writers general intention is easily to be conjectured we agree but we also submit that this w-we had afmosi said is par excellence-ted ****"* produces weariness and a sense of obscurity in t reader and. finally, that it does injustice to the (mod things the writer has to say. 8 Having relieved our mind of this complaint, we gladly go on to attest that we found in each of these e^ays much to interest us. In Roosevelt a Man of Letters' there are one or two good stories and some sound criticisms. Our author seeks for comparisons with other men of letters who were at once big sportsmen and big writers, md Pitches on Charles Kingsley for the purpose. -Koosevelt was not a clergyman," as he truly observes and, in several other respects contrasts between the two men have to be admitted betore the comparison can be reached. On .the whole we think that the suggestion more original than

Manual of the Bengali Language. By T. J. Anderson. (Cambridge University Press, Is. 6d. net.)

HIS is the first volume of the series of "Cam- ridge Guides to Modern Languages." It is a ell-planned manual, which would enable anyone fho has practice in the learning of languages to et a good initial grip of Bengali without the ssistance of a teacher. Dr. Anderson incites the iudent to diligence by an attractive Introduction

  • Ve are inclined to ask why the translations of the

specimens " provided have not been printed side y side with the text ?

The series, which here makes so good a beginning hould prove of great service.

'tyears of Hawthorne' and <A Pilgrim in Concord' transport us into a most pleasant ; atrao-

  • r?here 'Concord ' with all it stands for, has the

larm-so rare in America that there it gams a duubfed value-of the land where it is always afternoon Prof. Beers conveys this gracefully and wen At 'the end of the latter essay is a paragraph which we hope he may some day elaborate, on Emerson as a poet. In the present writer's v-iew a good deal more than is commonly allowed by his S should be claimed for Emerson in the character of a poet-and a good deal less in th r>Via.r;i.cter of a philosopher.

A Wordlet about Whitman ' is by no means to be neglected. In a few paragraphs Prof Beers sets forth enough sob-r truth about Whitman to Se an unsophisticated reader up to the right standpoint for judging him.

A Guide to the Castle of Newca^le-upon-Tyne Part 1- The Keep; Part II. The Blackgate Museum and Heron Pit. By Parker Brewis (SoSy of Antiquaries of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. WE are glad to draw the attention of our reader to this guide, which is a very careful piece , of work i ustrated with many well-chosen photographs Hnd also with numerous plans A study of the Newcastle Keep makes an excellent beginning t Tac-maStancewith medieval military architec turf and with Mr. Parker Brewis's assistance th traveller may here master the common construe tion of I castle with accuracy and a real under standing.

Mollie Rhymes. By Hy. H.

THIS is a privately printed collection of rhymes b Mr Harrison the author of ' Surnames of th United Kingdom' Those of our readers who ar interested in Frank Brangwyn's work may like t know of it-since it contains a bookplate by wa of frontispiece specially drawn by that artist..


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MARIUS D'AFFir,Ny (12 S. vi. 130). DIEGO writes: "Probably this is meant for Marius D'Assigny, a short article on whom appears in the ' D.N .B.' A man of that name was vicar of Peiirith in 1667, or thereabouts."


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