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is very inferior to the first. A first book, which

is a success, commonly profits the publisher. The author takes his revenge with a second. This, however, is a really amusing book, because it does not fall into the common fault of being a collection of set witticisms. It is unstudied, and therefore sets the reader at his ease. Indeed the contrast between the dandies of the Regency and the modem languid puppies contained in the remarks headed " Now and Then " show the Captain to have con- siderable powers of observation and much humour.