22 FEBRUARY 1890, Page 22

The Templars' Trials. By J. Shallow. (Stevens and Sons.)— If

the author wished to make his readers understand the subject about which he writes, he should have been less elliptical and generally obscure in his manner of writing. The very narrow limits which he has imposed upon himself—seventy-four pages in all—have stood in the way of clearness. We doubt whether any unlearned person will be enlightened by this book, great as,have- been the pains evidently bestowed upon it.