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Cross Lode. By Edward D. Fraser. (Castle. 7s. Od. net.)—A

work of exceptional merit, Mr. Fraser's story of - David' Grant; artist, egotist and sensualist, is in 'the modern manner and stresses unduly the unseemly aspects of life. Nevertheless, it is a convincing study of the " artistic tem- perament," and its brilliant craftsmanship compensates us for the unlovableness of its subject. It is a clever "gallery" or "studio" picture ; but no One would care to live with it.