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NOTES AND QUERIES. [9 th s. XL MARCH u, 1903.


only the best books, which is equal to living in the best company. Arnold himself is said to have read every night a canto of ' The Divine Comedy. The Happiest of the Poets,' by Mr. W. B. Yeats, deals with William Morris, who, if a childlike faith in his own ideals constituted happiness, might have been regarded as such. Morris, however, though free from petty jealousies and small unrests, had not the equanimity indispensable to happiness, or, at least, most conducive to it. In Mr. Symons's article on ' The Painting of the Nineteenth Century ' we find, as was to be expected, a eulogy of Mr. Whistler. In concluding, in the Nineteenth Century, his ' The Raven,' Mr. Bosworth Smith declares that in his youth he was " fond of birds, not merely in the sense in which Tom Tulliver was ' fond of them ' ' fond, that is, of throwing stones at them.' " As his avowed love consisted in robbing their nests, this appears to be a distinction without a difference. In these days the plunderer of a nest is as destruc- tive as the user of a catapult or gun. In the later portion of the article the writer is more merciful, and the appeal for protection for wild birds is as earnest as it will be, we may be sure, unavailing. Not easily is the lust of destruction to be got out of the mind of the Briton. Mr. Laugton Douglas, in , The Real Cimabue,' disposes of the restored Cimabue legend, and speaks of that artist as "the Mrs*. Harris of Florentine painting." ' The Bronte Novels ' are the latest victims of the Novocastrian style of criticism, such as we are beginning to expect in the Nineteenth Century. The frontispiece to the Pall Mall consists of a good portrait of Mr. Whistler, following which comes a well-illustrated account of the etcher and pastellist M. Paul Cesar Helleu. Some striking female portraits are reproduced. Lady Randolph Churchill follows with an account of 'American Women in Europe ' familiar, if attractive objects. Lord Wolseley ; s 'Genesis of a Great Career ' follows Bonaparte's Italian campaign to the combat of Dego, 1796. ' President Roosevelt, the Man of Duty,' is the subject of an interesting paper. ' In the Service of St. Stephen ' describes a portion of the duties of a Member of Parliament. The number contains also a not very convincing article on 'Hypnotism' by Mr. Harold Begbie. Under the title 'The Twentieth Century City' Scribner's gives an account by pen and pencil of New York. The views taken are in spring, winter, or twilight, and the general effect produced is that of gloom. An excellent account of the coronation of the Tsar Alexander III., by Mary King Wad- dington, is compounded from the letters of the ambassadress of France. ' A Moro Princess ' is not very brightly written, but the pictures of spots on the Rio Grande del Mindanao are exceptionally interesting. An account by Mr. Ernest C. Peixotto of ' Marionettes and Puppet Shows, Past and Pre- sent,' constitutes pleasant and instructive reading. The Hon. George Peel sends to the Gornhill a smartly written account of the Durbar. He has some amusing passages concerning "chits" or testimonials, and says that the natives think of changing their Oriental robes for frock coats and tall hats a sorry hearing, surely. ' Prospects in the Professions, part vii., shows that there is a chance for the land agent and the farmer Mr Shenstone, F.R.S., deals with the advance of 'The New Chemistry.' 'Servants and Service in the Eighteenth Century has an antiquarian flavour Travels with a T-Square' is interesting.-In the Gentleman's Mr. William Miller describes 'Crete


under the Venetians, 1204-1669.' Mr. Cropper writes on 'Inns Past and Present,' and Mr. Philip Sidney tells what is known concerning ' The Young Pretender in London.' Mr. Andrew Lang, inLony- man's, derides, happily enough, public dinners. He maintains also some good philological opinions. In addition to a significant ' Story of a Devil,' by Maxime Gorki, the English Illustrated has an account of '"Arcady ': Dr. Jessopp's Country,' and ' The Caves and Cliffs of Cheddar.'


MR. JOSEPH HENRY SHORTHOUSE, whose death we in common with all lovers of literature regret, was

contributor, though we fail to trace any recent communication, to our columns. He was born 9 September, 1834, and began life as a chemical manufacturer in Birmingham, an occupation from which he retired. Many works are associated with his name, but none shared the popularity of ' John Inglesant,' issued in 1881.

MR F. HITCHIN KEMP, author of ' The Kemp(e) Families,' announces a supplement to that work, fifty copies of which will be struck off and issued from 6, Beechfield Road, Catford, to the first appli- cants. The new matter will deal with the Kemp and Kempe families of Kent.


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