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Winston Spencer Churchill. By A. Ma.cCallum Scott. (Methuen and Co. 3s. 6d.)—To review this book in detail would be to deal with some of the most important questions of the last five years,— as with the South African War, and the so-called Fiscal Reform. We prefer to say in the most general terms that Mr. Winston Churchill has no reason to complain of the treatment which he has received at the biographer's hands. These volumes about living politicians are not to our taste, though it is becoming a quite hopeless business to protest against them. We shall give a characteristic specimen of Mr. Scott's work, and leave it to our readers to form their own judgments,about it :—" Churchill shapes for power as nndeviatingly and as unmistakably as did Glad- stone when he was 'the rifling hope' of those stern and unbending Tories, or Disraeli when he dreamed and organised and educated the 'Young England Party,' or Chamberlain in the Town Council of Birmingham. Compared to the ordinary politician, he is as radium to lead. Great, disturbing, and mysterious forces lie chained up within him. His character is magnetic—radiating emanations which attract or repel others. His intellect is

mordant, fretting at every obstacle that meets him. He was not made for rest. An explosive energy within impels him relentlessly onward. The instinct of decision is his. While others are laboriously calculating he is acting. While others are counting the chances he is trying them. The ambitions which direct his course are backed up by a supreme power of concen- trating all his forces of character and intellect upon the end in view."