12 MARCH 1904, Page 23

Jamie& the Prodigal. By Tom Gallon. (Ward, Lock, and Co.

6s.)—Mr. Tom Gallon gives us in this book the story of six most exciting days spent by an escaped convict. Inasmuch as he is marked out for the role of hero, he necessarily develops delicate touches of chivalry in his dealings with the people with whom he comes in contact. But his very recent "past" prevents him from looking after their interests as much as he would wish. The adventures are thrilling enough ; but it is difficult to attach a moral to a work which represents an habitual burglar and. swindler of the worst description in the light of a hero.