23 FEBRUARY 1884, Page 23

Aileen Aroon : a Memoir. By Gordon Stables, M.D. (Partridge

and Co.)—It is always pleasant to read what a genuine lover of animals has to tell of his experiences. Aileen and Nero, a pair of Newfoundland, are the hero and heroine of Dr. Stables' story. But be has other favourites to tell us of, very interesting creatures, many of them. Nor is it only of dogs that he writes ; birds have been among his pets, and even rats. There is a very pleasant tone about his book, which, both for its intrinsic interest and the good-feeling which it displays, we can heartily recommend to our readers. Some of the stories and anecdotes have been published in various magazines ; but the greater part, we gather from the preface, is new.