18 DECEMBER 1886, Page 24

Masaniello. By F. Bayford Harrison. (Griffith, Ferran, and Co.) —The

"nine days' wonder" of the Neapolitan fisherman's rise to power is told with much spirit by Mr. Bayford Harrison. He follows with sufficient fidelity the accepted history of this singular episode, though he fills in the outline with some well-conceived details. Of Masaniello himself, he gives a credible picture. For the frenzy with which he was unquestionably afflicted during the last days of his power, he accounts by the supposition of poison taken in a glass of water.