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Herbert Strang's Annual. (H. Frowde and Hodder and Stoughton. 5s.

net.)—Mr. Strang has got together a dis- tinguished company of writers and artists to help him in his new venture. The Annual is a well-appointed volume of nearly two hundred pages containing an agreeable combination of fiction and fact. Mr. Strang himself tells a tale of adventures in Hispaniola and elsewhere in the days of Drake ; Mr. Meredith Fletcher has an amusing story of school life in "Our Toy Symphony"; and there are other good things, heroic or comic, to suit varying tastes. Then we have a spice of the scientific in "How to Become a Naturalist," by Mr. E. Step, and in Mr. R. Keith Johnston's "Amusing Scientific Experiments." Nor must we omit Mr. Quiller-Couch's seasonable pages about "Some Boy Heroes of the Year," among them Leonard Wolkenberg, aged six, who carried out his baby sister from the burning nursery. The coloured illustrations are particularly good.