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The New Zealand Illustrated Annual.

We have received from, the publisher, Mr M. Mosely of Christchurch, the “ New Zealand Illustrated Annual for the current year. This is the second Christmas annual issued hy Mr Mosley and both in a literary sense and in general get-up it will bear favorable comparison with its predecessor. The publication contains over one hundred and fifty pages of very readable matter, interspersed with what, for the colonies, must be considered really creditable illustrations from the pencil of Mr T.' S. Cousins of Christchurch. On referring to the table of contents we find a very inviting bill of fare, in which an endeavour has evidently been made to furnish something to suit all tastes. Thus Richmond Thatcher in “ Uncle John’s commission,” and “ McGarvie’s Eool ” contributes a couple of fairly readable yarns. C. L. Innes under the title of “ The Pity of it ” tells a story, on a somewhat hackneyd theme, in a few verses which are quite up to the ordinary magazine standard. “ The Hermit,” famous for his knowledge of matters turfy contributes, in “ Winning and losing,” a well written sketch in which love and horse racing are very happily blended. “Alice” furnishes a novel in minature entitled “ Mother and Daughter.” “Dawn Cometh” is another interesting story, from the pen of C. L. Innes. “The Chimes” is a little poem in blank verse by J. Ludford, and the source of the poet’s inspiration the merry peals rung out from the biave Christchurch Cathedral bells, which with him it would seem have revived half-for-gotten memories of the old-world chimes and events long past and gone. Marsden’s Mott’s story of “Cold People” will repay perusal, while,the editor-himself, Mr Mosley, supplies in the “ Skeleton Hand,” the “creepy crawly” element, without which no Christmas Annual can be said to be complete. On the whole the publication now before us should prove a welcome addition to our Christmas literature.

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REVIEW., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 498, 11 November 1881

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REVIEW. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 498, 11 November 1881