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READABLE NOVELS.—The Bankrupt. By Horace Horenell. (Martin Seeker. 6s.)—After a

promising beginning the story develops on somewhat dismal lines, the hero's bankruptcy being in everything that makes life worth living. The author, however, displays considerable powers of observation.— One of the Crowd. By E. Maria Albanesi. (Chapman and Hall. 613.)—A. story chiefly concerned with the stage life of a heroine who is not blessed with the artistic temperament. The young lady is an attractive figure, but the reader will be surprised by the rather sudden transference of her• affections at the end.