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The Golden Bose. By Amelie Rives (Princess Troubetzkoy). (Harper and

Brothers. 6s.)—This is an American story in which the studies of the negro household belonging to the heroine are the most interesting part. As to Meraud, the heroine, the sophisti- cation of her mind is such that the reader will not be able thoroughly to sympathise with her when the lover whom she will not marry, but whom she wishes to keep in the close bonds of platonic friendship, gets tired of the situation. There are great excuses for Meraud, considering her first unfortunate experience, not wishing to embark on the adventure of marriage again ; but in that ease she should have set her lover altogether free. The little book is well written and attractive, and the pictures of Southern life charmingly drawn.