21 NOVEMBER 1891, Page 11

The Children of Wilton Chase. By L. T. Meade. (W.

and R. Chambers.)—The heroine of Mrs. Meade's story is a naughty, we trust an exceptionally naughty, girl. She rebels against a gently inflicted punishment, tries to escape the consequences of her re- bellion by a series of falsehoods, and involves herself and others in a variety of troubles. The central incident of the plot, the stealing of a miniature by the heroine's humble protegee, strikes us as being somewhat improbable,—except for the fact that at a certain age some children will appropriate almost anything. Apart from this, the story is well worked out, and will be found both enter- taining and instructive.