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"BABIES IN THE EYES" (9 th S. ix. 405, 516 x. 56, 195). Flaubert alludes to this pheno menon with characteristic originality in ' Madame Bo vary.' He is describing the earlj married life of Charles and his unfortunat spouse :

" Vus de si pres, ses yeux lui paraissaient agrandis surtout guana elle ouvrait plusieurs fois de suit ses paupieres en s'6veillant : noirs a 1'ombre et blei fence" au grand jour, ils avaient comme des couche de couleurs successives, et qui, plus epaisses dan le fond, allaicnt en s'eclaircissant .;ers la surface d I'email. Son ceil, a lui, se perdait dans ces pro fondeurs, et il s'y voyait en petit jusqu'aux epaules avec le foulard qui le coiffait et le haut de st chemise entr'ouvert." C. v.

T. P. ARMSTRONG.

This is the point of Thomas Little's im promptu beginning

Look in my eyes, my lady fair.

CHRISTIAN LARKIN.


NOTES ON BOOKS, &c.

Student's History of the Greek Church. By the Rev.

A. H. Hore, M.A. (Parker & Co.) THERE has been a growing feeling for a long time

east that if the alienated branches of the Church atholic are ever to be brought into union, the rapprochement is more likely to take place between the Anglican and Greek Communions than any others. Quite recently the Patriarch of Constanti- nople was able to assure such a representative Churchman as Bishop Wordsworth of Salisbury that "communion and union were sincerely desired on both sides " ; and at the Old Catholic conference at Bonn in 1875, when a number of Oriental theolo- gians took counsel with their Western brethren, under the presidency of the learned Dr. Dollinger, it was agreed on both sides that the clause of the Creed which chiefly kept them asunder the " Filioque " clause, which insists upon the Proces- sion of the Holy Spirit " from the Son " as well as from the Father had been irregularly added to the Nicene formulary. There was no valid reason, therefore, why this unhappy cause of dissension should not be relegated to the category of things undefined and unessential. Mr. Here's book comes opportunely, giving the history of the Greek Church, and will enable many to form a just estimate of the discipline and doctrines of the venerable Communion which in many respects approximates to our own.

The author, who has shown himself to be an indefatigable student of ecclesiastical history, has already written a larger work dealing with the same subject, which has been favourably received by the Eastern Church itself as a candid and well- informed presentment of its case. Accordingly, this more popular account comes to us with valid credentials, and may be accepted as trustworthy and authentic. Some minor statements in the introductory chapter are open to criticism. The "ambpn," or raised desk, can hardly t>e derived from dva/foi'vco, though this has of ten been asserted; it is rather akin to Lat. umbo(ii) and our "navel," as Curtius haa shown. Still leas is that compound


Greek verb capable of yielding " bema," as implied (p. 6). Then we are quite at a loss to understand what Mr. Hore means by saying (p. 18) "in the Latin Church the Mass (=Missaff, offering)." More- over, there should be added to the errata O.KOIJ (p. 202) for aKoy, which the sense requires. We hoped to find something to clear away the atmo- sphere of mystery which shrouds that enigmatical personage St. George, but it remains undispelled.

The Registers of Ryton, in the County of Durham. Marriages, 1581-1812. Transcribed, indexed, and edited by the Rev. Johnson Baily. (Sunderland, Hills & Co.)

WE are always glad to notice the printing of a parish register when it is edited in a satisfactory manner. Till modern times such documents were treated with contempt by almost every one except a few antiquaries, and even in quite recent days we have known of their being lost by those whose duty it was to preserve them with the utmost care. When such things happen it is not easy to speak too strongly, for these precious documents are the only title-deeds of the poor, and on that account should have all possible care bestowed upon them. There is another reason also : the ancestors of many of the most noteworthy persons in our colonies and America are among the peasants of our country villages^ We need not say that as psychology progresses the pedigrees of such men will nave great scientific as well as sentimental value.

We have here, as it seems, without a break, the marriages which took place for upwards of two hundred and thirty years, and what are so often left out, the names or the witnesses from 1754. This is a most important factor, for these names often afford suggestions as to kinship of which further research may give direct proof.

Many persons bearing the names of the great Northern families occur here. We have Grays, ETenwicks, Forsters, and Grahams in plenty, several rlerons and Swinburnes, with an occasional Glad- stone. We are, indeed, compelled to assume that there must have been a continuous inflow of Scotch- men from across the Border. Sixteen families whose names begin with Mac occur, and any one who has read, as we have done, the whole of the carefully prepared index, must have come upon many others Glendinning is one example which almost certainly point to a Scottish origin. Some of the names are very strange. Pigg, Brewhouse, ind Quack we do not remember to have come upon before. Greenay is indexed under Greno. Is not his a mistake? Greeuhay and Greenhoe still exist s separate surnames, or did so very recently, in h r Northern shires.

By far the greater part of the Christian name re such as are in use to-day, and uncommon ones erived from the Old Testament are very rare ; mong them, however, are Bathsheba Lambert, married in 1746, and Tamar Hunter in 1776. As le latter lady was married by licence, we may ssume that her people held a position of some mportance.

ALTHOUGH the war has long been over, and the ressure upon reviews might be supposed to be ast, no more space than previously is left for rticles on literature or art. In a quite excellent umber of the Fortnightly there is scarcely an rticle that must not be regarded as political or controversial, German rancour towards England