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The Pali Mall Magazine for November has reached us from the publishers, 18, Charing Cross-road, London, "W.C. It is certainly a wonderful shilling's worth, containing, as it does, in addition to the illustrations of such great artistic merit, contributions from such sterling writers as the late Robert Louis Stevenson, General Sir Hugh Gough, V.C., Sir Edmund F. Bu Cane, Harold Frederick, and I. Zangwill. The frontispiece is a fine mezzo-tint portrait of Rembrandt, by himself, and is an earnest of the high quality of the issue right through. .The late Mr. S. L. Stevenson's story is entitled "St. Ives, the Adventures of a Frenoh Prisoner in England," and is commenced in this number. The opening chapters are full of interest, and seasoned with the quaint humour so peculiarly the author's own. " The Passing of the Organari," by H. A. Vatchell, which is an account of a visit to the Italian colony near Hattongarden, in London, is an exceedingly attractive article, detailing, as it does, the ways and customs of these children of the South in their peculiar home. Here are met the organ-grinders, the " dancing bear" men, the hurdy-gurdy players, and the for-tune-tellers, and they observe, as far as possible, all the social customs of their own land, which all of them hunger for. Why do they stay in London, then ? Well, that is just what the article tells, with much more that is instructive and interesting. The short stories are capital, especially one entitled "An Illustration of Modern Science," in which the carrying out of a revenge is brought to * fine cart. Of course, Sir Hugh Gough's " Old Memories," being incidents in 7 his own personal experience in the Indian Mutiny, Lave a charm all their own. Readers of a statistical turn will find special attraction in Mr. Holt Schooling's second instalment of "Hatches, Matches, and Despatches," in which some facts regarding matrimony are established, which from a national point of view it is desirable to know. Mr. Zangwill continues his clever "Without Prejudice" notes, and keeps up the standard. As we said before, a- wonderful shilling's worth. "Deeds that, won the Empihe," by "Vidette." [Review of Reviews Office, Melbourne.} — This is a publication in book form of a selection from the admirable and singularly vividly written articles under the title heading: which are now appearing in the Argus. Readers of the Evening Post will remember the splendid account of the Battle of Waterloo and of "The Great Breach at Cindad Rodrigo," and other similar items, which recently appeared for consecutive weeVs in our literary page of the Saturday's i^ue. These were, as stated by us at the time, extracts from " Vidette's " articles in the Argus, and by them our readers may judge of the quality of those now published in book form as above. In the preface the author tays that the sketches "are not written to glorify war ; they represent an effort to renew in popular memory the grea,t traditions of the Imperial race to which we belong ; " and we I notice, further, that the book is dedicated to members of the A.N.A. throughout the world. That these sketches will stir British blood wherever it be found is certain, for the manner of recounting the historic incidents has never been surpassed, in our opinion. If there exists any hope, with the intention, that they will be read without a resultant I glorification of war, then we fear it will not j be realised. For ourselves, we are for the ways that make for Peace. Still, there is much in the argument that a knowledge of, and reverence for, the noblest traditions of a nation go to make warmth of patriotism and robust citizenship, and from that standpoint we must accept this most interesting collection of still more interesting national " deeds of derring-do "by land and sea. Having said so much, we can heartily recommend the " Deeds that Won the Empire" to all and sundry. The articles, we are told, have been written after painstaking research, and upon historical data, and are vouched for as absolutely faithful in detail ; their literary merit is undeniable. The Windsob Magazine (Ward, Lock, and Bowden, Ltd.) still maidtains its high reputation in the October number. Both the literary matter and the artistic accessories are excellent. It opens with a brightly-written biography, in two parts, of the famous Dr. Couan Doyle, this, appropriately enough, preceding a racy story from that author's pen, entitled, "The Three Correspondents," which owes its creation to experiences grimed by the versatile Doctor in his latest role as a " Special " in Egypt. There are also excellent short stories, by Colonel R. S. Baden Powell, whose name has been rather in evidence in the cablegrams recently, Guy Boothby, M. B. Byrde, and E. H. Strain. Coulson Kernahan's serial story, "Captain Shannon," which is well up to this writer's former work, and very exciting, runs on for another two chapters. The descriptive and literary articles are well selected, notably " Moments with Modern Musicians," "Round the London Restaurants," No. 2 of Louis Gunne's " Studies in the Streets," and " The Vagabond's Museum." As is usual with this magazine, the illustrations are of a very high order of merit. '[ The Ludgate" (H. & J. Baillie, agents) for September contains most interesting reading for the general public, who like their magazine literature.yaried, interesting, and- withal profusely illustrated. It commences with the initial chapter of a new serial story by Barry Pain, entitled " The Octave of Claudius," which bids fair to be particularly sensational. What will be "The Fiction of the Future?" asks Stanhope Sprigg, and a number of famous writers ret to work not to answer ifc. Nevertheless, their views on the subject will be read with curiosity. " A Malignant Woman " is a disagreeable theme well told, and sensation-mongers will find their tost* gratified in "Some Experiences of Lotid Syfret" and "The Romance of Prisons."' The humouros is to be found in a contribution by Luke Sharp, entitled "Billy M'Cabe's Motor Car," and very good reading it is. Mrs. Patrick Campbell, through P. C. Standing, tells the'story of her first appearance, and there are the usual literary articles pure and simple for the staider minds. Of the illustrations one can only speak in ' the highest terms. The number is a good one all round.
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Evening Post, Evening Post, Volume LII, Issue 1171, 10 December 1896
SOME BOOKS & MAGAZINES. Evening Post, Volume LII, Issue 1171, 10 December 1896
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