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haunting, but all are above the average in strength and imagination. A longer novel
from Mr. W. C. Morrow would be worth reading, and we hope he will give us one."

Daily Telegraph. — " Not excepting Poe's ' Tales of Mystery and Horror,' or even
Le Faure's ' As in a Glass Darkly,' Mr. W. C. Morrow's short stories . . . are the
roost sensational, fantastic, and fascinating productions of their kind that have
appeared in print In the course of the Victorian Age. There is manifestly no limit to
the imaginative powers of their author, the seeming simplicity and spontaneity of
whose narrative style prove him to be an accomplished adept in the literary 'art that
conceals art.' He invents incidents and situations so terrible that they suggest what
the French aptly term ' une peur blanch$ ' (a white or pallor-striking fear) to those who
read his descriptions of them, which are characterized by an impassioned frankness
that carries with it conviction of their fidelity to fact."

True Heart : Being passages in the Life of Eberhard
Treuherz, Scholar and Craftsman, telling of his
Wanderings and Adventures, his Intercourse with
People of Consequence to their Age, and how he
came scatheless through a Time of Strife. By
Frederic Breton, Author of " The Black Mass,"
" The Trespasses of Two," etc. 6s.

Daily Chronicle — " A very thorough and able piece of work. . . . A singularly
Intense, imaginative vision, a singular freshness and sincerity of feeling, have enabled
Mr. Breton to touch the dry dust to life. And the result is a book that takes possession
of you, convinces you, and stirs you. . . . 'True Heart' is a thoughtful and serious
contribution to current fiction ; and all who care for and wish to encourage that sort
of tfaing should read it."

Manchester Guardian, — "Mr. Breton's canvas is at all times filled with a
profusion of animated figures, the hurly-burly of the mediaeval streets is vividly
described, and tbe charactM-drawlng is good. . . . The story altogether is above tba
average."

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Poor Human Nature. By Eluabeth Godfrey,
Author of " Cornish Diamonds," etc. 6s.

Literary World.— "A noble pity for poor human nature, a sympathy for its weak-
ness and its heroisms, an understandinj; of poor souls struggling biiadly to the light,
raise the book far above ' the dull category of common things.' "

Weekly Sun.—" It is the charm of simplicity, of quaint surroundings, and, above
all, of literary distinction. Miss Godfrey is a powerlul rather than a clever writer;
>nd there is a perfect lady-like rcstraint'in every line. She does not appeal to the
passions, but to the highest feelings of our human nature."

The Wheel of God. By George Egerton, Author
of " Keynotes," " Discords," etc. 6s.

Pall Mall Gazette.— Here at any rate we have a novel of real power, displaying a
breadth of treatment and sympathy which marks it out from the passing fiction of the
day. There is an Irish p.ithos in it, too, which keeps the reader's interest at melting-point
almost throughout. If this is 'reaction'; then bravo, the reactionaries amosig latter-
day novelists I We will not attempt to condense the plot of this well-written and
admirably conceived study in the ups-and-dowiis and strivings and sorrowings of
a great-hearted, quick-witted Irish girl, in her stumblings through a life too full ol
hard and desolating experiences. Mary Desmond's own character is firmly drawn
throughout, and the book is full of fine sketches. Indeed, af the end, it is surprising
how many of its people remain in the memory— a striking testimony to the vivid way in
which they have been suggested, without in a single case any elaborate or deliberate
analysis. The scenes in Dublin, in America, in the English county-town, and in the
London slums are all excellent work. i\n original, powerful, pathetic study of life,
with well varied circumstances, all interesting."

Aberdeen Free Press. — "Aremarkably fine exposition of true womanhood of to-
day. . . We would heartily recommend this brief record of a yearning woman to
wide perusal and even to close study. It is delightful as a piece of writing, and as a
study of the present day, it is deep, suggestive and earnest. '

New Age.—" Displays gifts not possessed in equal degree by any other woman
writer of our time. . . So rich in promise, capital in performance, and so thought-
compelling and suggestive. A very happy humour pervades it, pathos that grips the
reader as only great emotion, finely expressed, can — a curious power of calling
up scenes and people from the past, and making us glad or sad with the retrospect.
'George Egerton' writes of life as one knowing life, as one who has come to close
quarters with it : on her every page there is the impress of truth to life, as she sees
and feels the truth."

Aunt Judith's Island : A Comedy of Kith and
Kin. By F. C. Constable, Author of " The Curse of
Intellect." 6s.

Pall Mall Gazette. — "A most engaging novel, a feat of true comedy."

Academy. — " Keen observation of life, in many strata of society, ripe experience,
imderstanding of human nature, and a kindly amused toleration of its little foibles,
humour, good humour and an active wit — these qualities have gone liberally to the
making of '.'Vunt Judith's Island.' Add to tht-in a very unusual gift of bright i sanative,
a careful use of words, and a preference for incident above talk, and you see that
' Aunt Judith's Island ' is no ordinary novel."

To-Day. — " It is a book containing the wit and delicate satire of a scholar and
observer, and of an author with the pen of a ready-writer, who has been almost too
prodigal of his powers. The individurdity of character; the quaint persM'ial
peculiarities, never forced, but always n.itural and striking ; and the extraordi.iary
range of subject-matter render the publication one of the most remarkible of
the time,"

Daily Telegraph. — " Brilliantly entertaining from its first page to its la^t."

Daily Chronicle. — This is a jolly book."

Publisher's Circular. — " The story is a daring piece of imaginatire work,"



The Actor ■= Manager. By Leonard Merrick. 6s.

*(,♦ In an interview witli a London "daily," Mr. Rudyard Kipling expressed
himself in high praise of the latest work of Leonard Merrick, "The Actor Manager."

Spectator. — "The novel is primarily the study of the histrionic raiher than the
artistic or creative temperament. Like Mr. Merrick's previous work, it is both
powerful and interesting, and he once more gives proof of the sure gift of being aLle
to handle strong and delicate situations with a virility that never deviates intu
violence, with a sublety that is void of suggesliveness."

World. — " In ' The Actor-Manager ' we have for once a story of the modern
stage that is true to life. The writer neither extenuates nor does he set au^ht down
In malice ; he enters into the minulia of the calling, detailing the daily existence of
actors and actresses, whether in thai: modest touring combination or the elysiiiin of a
London engagement, until we feel that there is little left for us to learn about a class
which exercises a fascination upon the imagination."

MoRMNG Post. — " Mr. Merrick gives us one of the most convincing stories
that has ever been wTitten about the stage and stage-life. . . . The story of Oliphant's
hopes and fears, of his alternations of success and despair, could only have been thus
forcibly written by an author who knows the sta^e well. To the fruits of such
knowledge is joined a degree of human interest which would ensure the success of a
far less clever book."

One Man's View ; A Novel. By Leonard Merrick.
3s. 6d.

Daily Chronicle. — " A novel over which we could at a pinch fancy ourselves
sitting up till the small hours. . . . The characters are realised, the emotion is felt and
communicated."

Standard. — " An uncommonly well-written story. . . . The men in the book are
excellent, and the hero . . . is an admii able portrait."

Guardian. — "Mr. Leonard Merrick's work is exceptionally good: his style it
literary, he has insight into character, and he can touch on delicate matters without
being coarse or unpleasantly suggestive. ' One Man's View ' is keenly interesting .
' One Man's View ' is one of those rare books in which, without a superfluous touch
each character stands out clear and individually. It holds the reader's attention from
first to last."

MonNiNG Leader. — ' It is novel and bracing, and just because his point of view is
so often uncoloured by precedent, the result is as astonishing as it is agreeable."

The Cattle Man. By G. B. Burgin. Author of
«' Old Man's Marriage," " Tuxter's Little Maid," etc.
6s.

Speaker.— "Mr. Burgin has achieved another decided success in his story o!
'The Cattle Man.' It is oright, it is original, and it introduces us to characters whose
acquaintance it is a pleasure to make. . . . A story which, among its other merits
has the supreme merit of being really interesting."

Daily Telegraph.—" Mr. G. 13. Burgin, the author of 'Tuxter's Little Maid,' and
half a dozen other novels of singular ability and interest, has just produced a one-
volume novel, every whit as clever and eccentric as any of its fictional forerunners.
The hero of this fascinating tale is Cranby Miller. . . . For Miller's extraordinary
adventures in London, which are recounted with infinite spirit, we must refer our
readers to Mr. Burgin's robust and engaging narrative."

Standard.— "Told with excellent spirit and humour ; themovement isreal, andthe
talk spontaneous. . . . Mr. Burgin has humour, vitality, observation, and, the
moment he teaches Canadism things or people, an individuality of his own."

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'•Old Man's** Marriage. ByG.B.BuRoiN. 6i.

Standard.— " Mr. Burgln'a best qualities come to the front In '"Old Man's'
Marriatje.' . . . Miss Wilkes has nearly as much individuality as any one ta the
story, which is saying a good deal, for reality seems to gather round all the characters
in spite of the romance that belongs to them as well ... the story is fresh and
full ot charm."

Daily Telegraph.—" Mr. Burgin's humour is both shrewd and kindly, and bis
book should prove as welcome as a breath of fresh air to the weary readers of
realistic iiction."

Mr. CouLsoN Kernahan in the Star.— '""Old Man's" Marriage" Is told with
such humour, high spirit, simplicity, and straightforwardness that the reader is
amused and entertained from the first page to the last. Once I had begun it I had to
go on to the end ; when I put it down it was with a sigh to part with such excellent
company. ... As thoroughly enjoyable and racily written a story as has been
published for a long time."

Manchester Guardian. - "It would be difficult to speak too highly of the delicate
pathos and humour of this beautiful sketch of a choice friendship in humble life. . .
A study at once simple and subtle and full of the dignity and sincerity of natural man."

Glodb. -" Mr. Burgln writes only for the entertainment of his readers, and in
holiday time they ought to be very much obliged to blm."

Birmingham Gajettb.— " We pant for more books tike ' "Old Man's" Marriage,'
and we hope our thirst may soon be assuaged."



The Wooings of Jezebel Pettyfer: Being

the Personal History of Jehu Sennacherib Dyle,
commonly called Masheen Dyle. By Haldanh
Macfall. With Cover designed by the Author. 6s.

Scotsman.—" This story. . . ' grips ' the reader, and reveals to him much
that it is well that those Interested In ' black blood,' and its social, religious, and
political workings shouM know."

Morning Leader.—" Has all the qualities that go to make a popular, and I
think, enduring fame. It is full of detail— humorous, pathetic, and often wierd. Dealing
as it does with the niggers of the West Indian Islands, it introduces us to characters,
quaint and whimsical . . The like of Jehu— a talkative black rogue, steeped to
bis eyes in petty larceny and duplicity I have never met before in fiction."

Echo.— "One charm, at the outset, this book has— the charm of the new and
the unknown. Mr. Haldane Macfall leads us into an almost undiscovered country,
and we are introduced to a strange people— the negroes of the West Indies— whom
most people know only by hearsay. And the new writer is so delighttully thorough in
his methods. . . Mr. Macfall may be declared to have made a.very interesting and
brilliant debut."

Saturday Review.— "The presentation of a new background is almost the
greatest kindness that a novelist can bestow on a jaded reader, and when on the
background are painted figures, which, if not absolutely new inventions, are as lively
as they are unfamiliar, the reader need not stint his expressions of gratitude. . . . We
oan recall nothing in fiction which deals with him (the negro) half as picturesquely
and completely as he is here dealt with. . . The book . . is of more than common
excellence, and Invites us to expect something very considerable from its author."

Pall Mall Gazette.— 'This book is strikingly clever, funny, strong. . . Other
excellent things you will find. You will find a telling series of pictures. . . laid on
with a vivid and bold brush. You will find really powerful stories— squalid, but
strong and e£fective, told with a broad grin. It is a vigorous book by a man vritb
stu£rinhim."

Manchester Goardum.— " Will live in the reader's memory."



Since the Beginning:: A Tale of an Eastern
Land. By Hugh Clifford, Author of " In Court and
Kampong," "Studies in Brown Humanity," etc. 6s.

Sun.— "T'lie author deals skilf\:l!y with a people still uncivilised, still swaved
by prirnevil passions. His characters are well-defined, and the tragedy which
underlies the lives of the three principals is poignant and impressive by reason of his
simple directness."

Dundee Advertiser.— "A deeply tragic and pathetical story, full of great power in
treatment aaJ language. . . . Such a tale carries with it a double charm— that
which is ever present in a well-written novel, and the never-failing interest which
truthful descriptions of distant lands and strange people afford."

Thk World.—" All novel readers will admit that it is engrossing."

In Court and Kampong: Being Tales and
Sketches of Native Life in the Malay Peninsula.
By Hugh Clifford. Large Crown 8vo. 7s. 6d.

ATHEN.BUM.— " In this efiort Mr. Clifford has achieved a considerable success; and
ashewritesalsoina bright style which has a distinctly literary flavour, his work is not
less welcome for the information which it gives than interesting as a story-book. . .
They are stories that will bear readins a second time."

Speaker.—" Mr. Clifford undoubtedly possesses the gift of graphic description in
a hig4i degree, and each one of these stories grips the reader's attention most
insistpntly. The whole book is alive with drama and passion ; but, as we have said,
its greatest charm lies in the fact that it paints in sitiikingly minute detail a siate of
things which, for good or for ill, is rapidly vanisliiii", from the face of the earth."

P.\LL Mall Gazette.— "These tales Mr. Cliftord tells with a force and lifelikeness
such as is only to be equalled in the stories of liudyar J Kipling. . . . Everyone
leaves its impression, dramatic yet lifelike. Moreover, they are valuable as giving a
picture of strange, distorted civilization which, under the influence of British
Residents «nd officials will soon pass away, or hide itself jealously from the gaze of
Western eyes."

Saturday Review. — " If the love of unconventional life is madness, we wish that
many more were bitten by the same dog if its results should be the production of books
snci" <3 we are now reviewing, although the thrilling tragedies and horrors Hugh
Clifford relates in some of his chapters have a tendency to make one's flesh creep.
The chapters dealing with 'The East Coast' and 'Among the Fisher-folk' have rarely
If ever, been surpassed."

Studies in Brown Humanity : Being Scrawls

and Smudges in Sepia, White, and Yellow. By
Hugh Clifford. 6s.

The Scotsman.—" Mr. Clifford writes always with force and brightness. His
literary manner has something in common with that of Mr. Kipling, and the Oriental
nature of his subject intensifies this suggestion of resemblance. But Mr. Clifford
is far from b^ing a mere imitator, and his sketches derive the brst part of their effect
from the CLrtainty they induce that they have been drawn from a first-hand
observation of the life they describe. Deeply charged as they are with local colour,
the stories are never wanting in the essentials of a strong general interest, passion,
character, movement."

Pall Mall Gazette. — "Mr. Clifford is a born artist who scrupulously draws the
thing as he has seen it."

The World.—" Mr. Clifford has the rare art of seeing things as they are, and
describing them as he sees them. His pages ' palpitate with actuality,' if we may use
a slang phrase of the day; not one of them is dull, though most of them are
exceedmgly instructive."

Daily News.— "These vivid and powerful pictures of the wild life of the Balasan
Peninsula are of the deepest interest ; and there is no one of them that does not
reveal Mr. Clifford's intimate knowledge of the subject. . . . Some of the 'tories
are intensely tragic and dramatic; others, such as 'The Story of Tukang Burok,' and
' The»Schooner with a Past,' weird and mysterious ; whilein his last but one, entitled
'From the Grip of the Law,' the author strongly moves our sympathies.

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The Laughter of Jove: A Novel. ByHELMuxH

SCHWARTZE. 6S.

Morning Post.— "There are not a few pleasant and well-written chapters in the
the book. The sketches of the Dalinaynes, a brother and sister well contrasted, and
also of the eccentric father, denote observation and knov.ledge cf the inconsistencies
of human nature. . . The author is nothing if not thorough."

Speaker. — "There is much cleverness in 'The Laughter of Jove.' Introspective
to the point of morbidness, keenly analytical, subtly satirical, and full of a rather
bitter wisdom, the book is strikingly ' modern,' alike in its merits and its defects. . . .
There is so much wit, insight, and thought in 'The Laughter of Jove,' that we gball
look with interest for the next work of its clever author."

Convict 99 : A Novel. By Marie Connor Leighton
and Robert Leighton. With Eight Illustrations by
Stanley L. Wood. 3s. 6d.

Sketch.—" It will do more to preach the apocalypse to the ignorant than all the
leaders that were ever written, or all the orations that were ever outpoured. For
people will read it as they read ' It's Never Too Late to Mend,' and behind the
pardonable conventions of its story, they will find the answer to the question—' Is out
prison system brutal, inhuman, demoralising, gross ? The answer is, ' Yes ' ; and
these authois write it in letters of scarlet. . . 'J his engrossing book. . . It is »
great tale, which will be read by many thousands."

Spkaker. — " A vivid picture of the interior of a convict prison and of the suSerini
inflicted upon convicts. . . ' Convict 99 ' is not a book to be lightly passed over."

Publishers Circular. — "The joint authors of this novel of prison life are tc
be congratulatf-d on having produced a story which fascinates from beginninp
to end. . . The book is one of the most powerful indictments of the present prison
system. But it is much more; it is not only a human docament of unsurpas.<;ed
interest, but in construction is worthy of Wilkie ColHns liimself."

The Mayfair Marriage : A London and Paris
Book. By Grammont Hamilton. 6s. [Third Edition.

Review of Reviews.— "'A Mayfair Marriage" is a book of fantasy. The heroine
Is more like a sylph than a mortal woman. The whole of the story transports us. il
not to fairyland, at least to a region in which the whole of tlie tissue of '.he prosaic life
of every day is shot through and through with rain ow hues of fancy. . . . Novels
cf adventure, novels with a purpose, and novels which are of society : all these are
familiar enough, but 'A Mayfair Marriage ' stands by itself alone. There has been
nothing like it before, possibly there will be noihinj; like it hereafter. . . . The
book is as bo other novel that has been published for a long time."

BiRUiNGHiM Daily Gazette.—" An altogether charming and original work. It is
hardly a novel, so much as a personal narrative. It may be all firtion, and if so it is
very good fiction : but it reads more like the kind of fact which is so much more
interesting than fiction. . . . We recommend everyone to read this exquisite book.''

Blasttis, the King's Chamberlain. By

W. T. Stead. 6s.

A reprint, with a new introduction of considerable length, of an old Christmas
number of the kevicvo of Kevietfs, l"ng out of irint. In the tale, Mr. Stead made the
experiment of prophesying the iir.m^diate future of a prominent politican whose
identity is only thinly veiled. Events have given that prophecy aa extreme interest,
which Mr. Stead's new int'oduction greatly enhances.



Bachelorland : A Tale of the Temple Courts. By
R. Warren Bell. With Cover and Title-page
designed by John Hassall. 6s.

Star. — " I roar over ' Bachelorland.' . . . I find not a dull page in it. I smile
over its fresh humour, its kindly satire, its Thackerayan philosophy."

The Spect.^tor. — " Mr. Bell has a pleasant vein of humour, and his fantasy is
agreeably compounded of sentiment and fooling. What is more, his fun is honest
enough to have satisfied Martin Luther, who said that ' Christians should not entirely
flee from comedies.'"

The Sun. — Mr. Bell has humour, and at times a Thackerayan eye of a kind
character. The simple surroundings which he has chosen for this story of Temple
life and Temple manners suit his mood admirably, and the result is a bale, more
strained, yet always pleasant . . . and he has a pretty knack of philosophising
withal ; not verv cieep philosophy, perhaps, but bright, sometimes marking him as a
man of satirical ability."

The World.— "There is a pleasant, restful tone about the book that is much in its
favour. The writer takes us gently into his confidence, and his bright, happy style
imparts an agreeable flavour to a thoroughly modern novel, clever, ingenious and
humourous."

The Yellow Danger. A Romance. By M. p.

Shiel. Cr. 8vo. Cloth. 6s. [Third Edition.

Mr. L. F. Austin in the Illustrated London News.— I sat up half the night with
' The Yellow Danger,' which is no less than the history of the conquest of Europe by
the Chinese hordes, whose coming was predicted by the late Professor Pearson.

The Academy. — " The best portions of the book are those which describe Hardy's
naval actions. Here Mr. Shiel is excellent company. With the assistance of plans,
and a very lucid and forcible narrative gift, he makes the encounters perfectly con-
ceivable. The book is punctuated with them, and they are of enthralling interest. . . .
An exciting and persuasive romance, well worth packing up with one's holiday
outfit."

The Echo. — "We can heartily recommend 'The Yellow Danger' to readers of
every class. On the topical interest of the romance it were surely quite superfluous
to dilate in view of recent events."

The Bookuan.— " Mr. Shiel is a marvellous man. His audacity is splendid. Hs
foretells the fuiure — a ghastly vision. He relates the history of Armageddon. Ho
slaughters not regiments, but races; he blows up, not ships, but fleets. He harrows
our very souls with prophecies of horror. He has written a remarkable and extra-
ordinary book, though its excellence is no, literary — an txtravafanza of unparalleled
boldness that, whether we laugh or no, we cannot well help but read. It gratifies our
national vanity, too, for England becomes the refuge of the distracted nations, and an
English youth saves the world from ruin. Again and again throughout the pages there
is a great complacent roaring of the British lion. But — since we speak of roaring—
the naval battles are really good — good reading, that is, for landsmen — we are no
experts."

The Literary World. — " Mr. Sliiel has contrived a story so original and striking
that we were entirely unable to allow it out of our hands from the time Yen Kow set
bis grotesque affections on a Fulham nursemaid and nearly wrecked the world to get
her, until John Hardy sank twenty million yellow men in the Maelstrom, aud
destroyed one hundred and fifty more by cholera germs. , . . Mr. Shiel, to quote
from his own book, has administered to us ' a swift series of venomous behemoth


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