18 MAY 1867, Page 20

Plays and Poems. By Charles Waddie. Printed for private distribu-

tion. (Edinburgh : Neill and Co.)—As Mr. Waddle has sent us a copy of these plays and poems, we presume that he invites our criticism. We assure him that we have no wish to be smart at his expanse, and that we should be quite willing to act up to the standard which he proposes, and to encourage him by pointing out where he has excelled, and also where he has failed. But we cannot think that he has taken