11 MAY 1901, Page 23


filnder this heading us notice such Books of the week as have not been reserved for revioto in other forma.]

Napoleon: /a Derni&e Phase. Tradnit de l'Anglais par Augustin Filon. (Librairie Hachette. 3s. 6d.)—M. Filon prefaces his translation of Lord Rosebery's book by an interesting account of the author, in which he shows a comprehension of English life and politics which we do not always find in his compatriots. He hopes that it may be the destiny of Lord Rosebery to reassure Europe as to the future of Imperialism. Of Napoleon M. Filon is a devoted worshipper. He cannot under- stand that he had done anything to merit his seclusion at St. Helena,—fifteen years of ceaseless aggression and millions of lives sacrificed for his ambition go for nothing. He apparently believes in his truthfulness—a proof mutely of a faith super- naturally robust—and he is not convinced that the climate of St. Helena did not hasten his death. Evidently he has all his countrymen's power of impermeability to evidence.