21 NOVEMBER 1891, Page 10

A King of Tyre. By James M. Ludlow. (Osgood, McIlvaine,

and Co.)—This "tale of the time of Ezra and Nehemiah " is chiefly concerned with the fortunes of a liberal-minded Prince who suc- ceeds to the throne of Tyre, and bends his energies to breaking from off his neck the yoke of the priesthood. There is, of course, a wicked Prince, belonging to the Royal family, who is ill-affected towards his cousin on the throne, and the beautiful Zillah, daughter of the rich Ahimelek, counsellor and merchant. We can hardly say that the story is a success. Much trouble has been taken with it, and the history, of which, indeed, we know but very little, has been studied. Mr. Ludlow has, oddly enough, looked at his subject from the Samaritan point of view. We are called upon to sympathise with the Jews who made the mixed marriages, and to regard Ezra and Nehemiah as unreasonable bigots.