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NEW BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS.

That fruit-farming has its drawbacks, as well as ita advantages, from a material point of view, the unfortunate settlers at Mildura know to their cost. Even in California it is not the idyllic kind of occupation that fancy often paints it. Such is the inipressiom which we derive from Miss Beatrice Harraden's new volume, which contains two tales of life on at fruit; " ranche" in California, where Miss Harradon has been staying recently recupe* rating her health and picking lip " local colour "at the same time. The tirst story— the longer of the two—is entitled "Hilda Stratford." It tells us of a young Englishmau, far from robust in health, but full of of industry and determination, who is struggling against odds to make a living on a section of land in the fruit-growing part* of California. He is betrothed to tie heroine of the story, Hilda Strafiovd, and when the trees are planted ana a home has been provided — albeit on a very humble scale, she comes oqfc from England and marries her lover. The loneliness of the life soon palls upon her, she misses the luxuries ana intellectual activity of the Old Country, aud, to make matters worse, it is evident that she is woefully wanting in tenderness and sympathy, and that her lovo for her husband' is quite insufficient to reconcile her to the hardships of their common lot. A flood comes, which destroys the results of nearly all the work which the husband has pat into the farm. He breaks himself down in trying to retrieve his position, and when h6 discovers the real state of his wife's feelings he collapses utterly, and the tragedy reaches its climax. A very delicate situation arises botweeu the widow and her dead husband's best friend, and this la handled with much power and skill. Incidentally we get some well-drawn portraits of different types of youug Englishmen who settle on " ranches " in California, and th> life, we should say, is desoribed with great fidelity. In the "Remittance Man" the vike-en-scene is pretty much the same, and the moral is one of which we have had many illustrations in these colonies. What that moral is may be inferred from the title. The book, we may add, is forwarded to ug by ftfc Chartree, of High street. . Mitchell's "Newspaper Press Directory* for 1897, a copy of which has been forwarded to us by the publishers, Messrs C. Mitchell and Co., Red Lion Court, London, isas full and as accurate as ever. ThecoloQialsectionof the Directory is growing in importance and is carefully revised. There are several speoial articles of general interest— e.g., V Women's Work in the London and Provincial Press," "Law of Copyright.and Libel,'? "Imperial Federation" (By Mr Kenric B. Murray), &c. We note that the Directory has been established fifty-two years, and every year it seems to grow iv usefulness and interest. The Pall MpU Magazine, the April number of which is to band, maintains ita high character, both as to illustrations and literary contents. The p&ce de fitistance is R. L. Stevenson's historical novel, ' k St/ Ives," ap.d the short stories are ,als» excellent. .' .'..-. .■•. . .:■■.'.■ .\i-...-.. .■■ '.■-.-,•

A copy of the University Magazine hae been forwarded to us. {£ contains several able articles on current subjects, writteu from the- " rationalistic?* points of view. Copies are to be . obtained from Messrs Simpson and Williams.

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NEW BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS., Press, Volume LIV, Issue 9733, 22 May 1897

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NEW BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS. Press, Volume LIV, Issue 9733, 22 May 1897

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