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by Signer Giaeomo Boni. Under the title 'A Dutch Fairy Tale,' Miss Margaret Robinson deals with ' De Kleine Johannes ' of Frederik van Eeden. Scribner's opens with ' The Charm of Paris,' by Ida M. Tarbell, a sustained eulogy by an American of a city which to some of us very poorly replaces the Paris of a couple of generations ago. What she calls, with some gush, " the making-over of Paris " is what some of us are disposed to regard as " the marring of Paris." At any rate, the illustrations of modern life in a city which has lost some of its gaiety as well as its beauty are effective. Mr. Seton- Thompson contributes a vivacious account of ' The Kangaroo-Rat.' Part iv. of 'Oliver Cromwell' remains the most valuable feature of the magazine, and is occupied with the Irish and Scotch wars. Many of the illustrations are spirited. There is a sensible and readable paper on Ruskin, and an account of Magersfontein, illustrated by excellent photographs. The frontispiece to the Pall Mall con- sists of a coloured drawing, pretty and quaint, by Mr. Granville Fell, of Spring, whose tardy approach we are all willing to greet. Among capitals of Greater Britain, Kingston, Jamaica, is depicted, which for nearly two hundred and fifty years, ever since its capture by Penn and Venables, has been in English possession. Mr. William Thorp, the author, says that Cromwell hanged both for the deed. This is a strange mistake, since both out- lived Cromwell and died natural deaths. That he imprisoned them is true, though probably not for the reason suggested. Most surely he did not hang them. The views of Kingston are excellent. Among many reasons ' Why Americans live Abroad,' we are disposed to attach most importance to the desire to escape the scourge of " personal jour- nalism." We are not wholly surprised to hear that of adult Americans away in Europe four-fifths are women. 'Arts and Crafts in the Sixteenth Cen- tury' reproduces from Stradanus's ' Nova Reperta' some very quaint pictures of industrial occupations. An anticipatory article concerning 'The Paris Exhi- bition of 1900' also appears. Much attention has been attracted to Mr. Thomas Hardy's ' The Souls of the Slain ' in the Cornhill. Imagination and vigour this possesses, but it is not conspicuous as poetry. Lady Broome continues her agreeable ' Colonial Memories,' and Sir John Robinson his ' South African Reminiscences.' Urbanus Sylvan continues also his ' Conference on Books and Men.' While yielding a tribute to poor Traill, whose premature death was a calamity, he doubts whether his dia- logues will surviveĀ ; says, indeed, boldly that they will not. He quotes some specimens of modern humour, which are far from impressing us favour- ably. In 'Athletics and Health 'Mr. Beach Thomas counsels the practice of gymnastics. An essay ' On Fads,' by Lady Grove, proves, to our thinking, the lady herself a bit of a faddist. By calling his paper on R. D. Black- more ' Mr. Blackmore ' Mr. Stuart J. Reid deceived us into supposing it to be fiction. When a man of Blackmore's distinction dies, surely one drops the "Mr." We should no more dream of saying Mr. Blackmore or Mr. Traill than Mr. Burns, Mr. Shelley, or Mr. Keats. A pleasant picture of Blackmore is afforded, and the delusion that he made money by his gardening is dispelled. In Temple Bar ' The Debt We Owe to France' is not for any unexpected outburst of sympathy for us in our troubles or pride in our recovery, but for the Huguenot strain with which she has leavened our


blood. This is all right, but we owe her n debts of the same sort, including the Norman i


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sion. ^ 'Princess Lieven and her Friendships' and 'Eugenie de Guerin' are readable articles. In 'From the Persian' Mr. H. G. Keene gives us a rendering of doubtful quatrains of Omar Khayyam, of whom, with some courage, he ventures to speak as "Umar Khayyam." The first part is given of ' A Mem Sahib in Plague-Stricken Bombay. Other contents consistof fiction, most of it good. Vladimir Galaktionovitch Korolenko, described in the Gentle- man's as ' A Contemporary Russian Writer,' is little known to the English public. He is an author of Siberian tales, written when he was banished to Yakoutsk, the coldestfgovernment of Siberia. Mr. Robb Lawson gives an account of the ' Evolution of the Drama,' too great a subject to be handled in a single number. M. Prower writes on ' Samuel Taylor Coleridge,' also a great subject, and Mr. H. Schiitz Wilson on 'A Fantastic Dream.' In Longman's a series to be called ' The Women of the Salons ' begins prosperously with Madame du Deffand, known to readers of Walpole. Mr. Frank Ritchie writes briefly and sensibly on 'Literary Dogma.' ' At the Sign of the Ship ' deals touchingly with the death of Frederick Tait of the Black Watch, and also bewails the death of Traill. It contains some sensible criticisms on ' Paolo and Francesca,' almost the first we have read. 'Strange Craft on Many Waters' gives in the English Illustrated capital pictures of vessels in use among primitive peoples, from Fijian canoes to Japanese junks. An interesting paper on Poland has likenesses of Kosciusko and Spbieski with other illustrations. The most interesting portion, apart from the fiction, consists of a good and well-illus- trated account by Mr. George Douglas of William Cowper.

WE hear with profound regret of the death of the Rev. John Christopher Atkinson, since 1847 vicar of Danby, the author of 'Forty Years in a Moorland Parish,' ' A Glossary of the Cleveland Dialect,' ' Sketches in Natural History,' ' Eggs and Nests of British Birds,' 'Memorials of Old Whitby,' ' The History of Cleveland,' and other books, pam- phlets, &c. He was a storehouse of information concerning Yorkshire antiquities, natural history, folk-speech, &c. Born in 1814 at Goldhanger, in Essex, he was educated at St. John's College, Cambridge. Later he was made an honorary D.C. L. of Durham. During recent years his contributions to our columns on account of his age were few. His name appears, hovyever, frequently in the Third and subsequent Series.


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