24 APRIL 1915, Page 23

From the Old South-Sea House, edited by A. W. Runny

(Smith, Elder, and Co., 7s. 6d. net), is a collection of letters written in the last yearn of the eighteenth century by Thomas Baloney, a clerk in that Ellen institution, to his relatives in Cumberland- They chronicle the vary smallest of small beer, but throw occasional light on the ways and means of middle- class life in the days when Consols were at 48.