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Red Rooney. By R. M. Ballantyne. (Nisbet.)—Mr. Ballantyne's versatile activity

takes him, on this occasion, to Arctic latitudes. His hero is introduced to us as a solitary wanderer just about to perish of cold and hunger, when he is happily espied and helped by Okiok, the Esquimaux. So we get a description of life among these Northern wanderers, a description which we must own ourselves unable to criticise as regards its truthfulness. We may say, however, that the story moves briskly on, and that the love-story—for Love is lord under the Pole, as well as in court and camp—has, after the necessary difficulties are overcome, its proper termination.