21 NOVEMBER 1908, Page 45

The Rescuer. By Percy White. (Chapman and Hall. Os.)— Mr.

White in this story of the follies of a rich widow employs his gift of brilliant analysis of modern society with great effect. We may venture to hope that be will acknowledge that "the national mentor," as he calls the Spectator, employs what he terms "its ponderous logic" to a good end when it praises the results of his graceful and acute descriptions of modern life. The story of the fallacious "Maitland Rays" is extremely cleverly imagined, and the character of Athelstan well worked out. The other personages in the little drama, being more common- place, do not leave so distinct an impression upon the reader's mind, but the whole novel, if a little slight, is decidedly entertaining.